Pima County is a rural and urban County of over 844,000 residents including
the City of Tucson. Unincorporated Pima County has a population of 310,000
which is a 26.5% increase between 1990 and 2000. Most of the County's
population is located in the eastern 1/3 of the County, particularly in the
Tucson metro area.
The County is located in southern Arizona and encompasses 9200 square miles.
Its Tucson metro elevation of 2146 feet allows for warm summers relieved by
the "monsoon" rains, and cool winters. Its good climate, high desert, and
nearby mountains make it one of the best recreational areas of the country.
Pima County employes about 7500 employees, of which approximately 350 work
for the Department of Transportation. The DOT is responsible for the
operation and maintenance of 2000 miles of urban and rural roads. It is in
the 4th year of an aggressive 10 year bond program to spend $350 million on
57 major projects and programs.
The Traffic Engineering Division is one of the 11 divisions within the DOT,
and is responsible for the full range of Traffic Engineering functions
including studies, design, and field operation of extensive signing,
striping, and signal systems. Prominent programs among its 60 employees
include an a multi-faceted ITS program, including the addition of 71 signals
to the City's new traffic signal system, a new Safety Management Program
with approximately 25 major safety projects, design support for roadway
design projects, an extensive automated traffic counting program, a
successful neighborhood traffic management program, the performance of over
2000 annual traffic studies, and the maintenance of 97,000 traffic signs.