All private development and other public agency development projects within the County are reviewed and plans are checked to ensure the health and safety to the traveling public.
Plan checking includes: review and comments during the initial pre-application stages, during the application process and for final construction. The department also conducts traffic reviews to insure the Imperial County Circulation Plan is being followed. Besides transportation impacts other areas of concern to the Department include drainage and flooding as well as solid waste.
Public Projects consists of public works, road and bridge transportation projects which include road and bridge replacement, repair and rehabilitation, road resurfacing, traffic sign and signal installation as well as other miscellaneous public works infrastructure. These projects may be federally funded, state funded and/or locally funded. Most of the work is contracted out through the public bidding process. Some work is performed by Public Works field operations as part of ongoing maintenance to the road transportation system.
The department reviews all road related claims and/or traffic accidents within the unincorporated areas of the County jurisdiction. The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is administered by this department. The TAC includes two members of the CHP (El Centro and Winterhaven), Catrans traffic engineer, County sheriff personnel, County Risk Management, and Public Works’ traffic engineer. The TAC is the first point of contact for reviewing requests for traffic regulatory signs, speed studies, etc. This committee serves at the direction of the Public Works Director and makes recommendations to the Director.
The County Traffic Engineer is responsible for continually updating county traffic volumes and coordination with the Road Operations sign shop with respect to road signage. Also traffic studies for private development and other agency developments are reviewed by the Department. The Traffic Engineer provides traffic studies, designs detour signs and technical support for Department Public Projects as well as reviews detour signage for developers and private developments.
Traffic engineering studies are performed at various locations to determine whether requests for changes in traffic controls or speed limits on County roads are warranted. Any changes of a regulatory nature are submitted to the Board of Supervisors for action by resolution or ordinance.
Traffic Counts of County Roads can be provided by the Department upon request. Please be advised that not all traffic counts are either available or up to date. Please contact our office # (442) 265-1818 for inquiries.
The Department provides construction contract administration, material testing, construction coordination for Public projects; encroachment permit review, issuance and inspection for private development projects and transportation permits. The Department updates all written encroachment permits by data entry into a computerized system for more easy retrieval of old permits.
The Department is responsible for acquisition and management of real property such as right of way, land leases and solid waste issues. In order to accomplish these tasks, collaboration and liaison regularly occurs with other government and public agencies, Land Surveyors & Engineers, County officials and the general public regarding roads, land ownership and right of ways.