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Session No. 6A

PA Traffic Signal Perspectives: Moving Beyond Set it and Forget it!

Moderator: Daniel Fritz, Whitman, Requardt & Associates (WRA)

  • Panelist: Steve Gault, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Maintenance and Operations
  • Panelist: Domenic D’Andrea, P.E., PTOE, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
  • Panelist: Kelly Maurer, P.E., Cranberry Township
  • Panelist: Eric Kinard, District 8-0, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Panelist: Dave Adams, P.E., District 6-0, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Panelist: Jim Roman, P.E., District 2-0, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Speaker Bios

Steve Gault is the Statewide Traffic Signal Operations Engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which includes oversight of arterial traffic operations policy and implementation around the Commonwealth. He has 15 years of transportation engineering experience in the public and private sectors, and has spent the past 5 years exploring signal operations through big data.

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the cooperative forum for regional collaboration, planning, and public decision‐making. The Commission serves as the official Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for a 10‐county region including the City of Pittsburgh and the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland. Dom D'Andrea is the Manager of Operations and Safety Programs at SPC and is responsible for work program elements such as the Congestion Management Process, the Regional Operations Plan, the Regional Safety Action Plan, the Regional Traffic Signal Program, and regional ITS Planning and Implementation. D'Andrea is a registered P.E. in the State of Pennsylvania and has over 30 years of experience in managing transportation capital programs, projects, and studies in the Pittsburgh region.

Kelly Maurer is the Operations Engineer for Cranberry Township Department of Public Works. She is a graduate of Penn State with more than 25 years of engineering experience. Maurer has been involved in management of the Cranberry Township traffic signal network since 1995, first as a consultant when the first five signals were coordinated using an Aries Closed Loop System. Maurer now works in-house for Cranberry Township and, along with the Manager of Traffic Operations, oversees the municipal run Traffic Operations Center (TOC). Over the last 20 years, Cranberry Township has grown to manage 43 coordinated traffic signals including 8 signals in three adjoining municipalities in PennDOT Districts 10 and 11. Cranberry operates the Centracs Advanced Traffic Management System by Econolite and is currently running adaptive traffic signal technology on four arterial corridors and testing Centracs Signal Performance Measure (SPM) and Edaptive software on the Route 19 Corridor. Cranberry has utilized PennDOT Green Light-Go and ARLE grants for adaptive hardware and software and SPC SINC-UP Cycles 1-4 for signal timing implementation.  Cranberry also works with CMU Traffic21, Purdue and Clemson on traffic signal technology testing including SPM, autonomous vehicles and predictive technologies.

Jim Roman is a Senior Civil Engineer Supervisor Transportation at the PennDOT Engineering District 2-0 Office in Clearfield, PA, which covers nine counties in central and north-central Pennsylvania. Roman manages the District’s Traffic Signal and Traffic Impact Study programs and has 20 years of experience working in the District Traffic Unit, with over 10 years working in the traffic signal section. He has previously served four years as the District Highway Safety Engineer and currently has over three years serving as the Assistant District Traffic Engineer for Traffic Signals. Roman is a graduate of Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer. 

Dave L. Adams obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Penn State and his Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware. Adams holds a professional engineering license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has more than 15 years of credited service to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He is currently the traffic signals manager for District 6 which covers the Philadelphia region.

Eric Kinard is a Supervisor in the traffic unit for PennDOT District 8-0. He is responsible for the design and permit process for traffic signals involving Department, Municipal and HOP projects as well as the review and approval of Transportation Impact Studies in relation to developer led projects. He has been in the traffic signals section for more than 12 years including 10 years as the supervisor. When he isn’t busy trying to make the transportation system around the Harrisburg/Lancaster/York areas safer, Eric enjoys dodging fairways and hitting golf balls from behind as many trees as possible.


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Thursday, December 12, 2019

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Room 106 

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