Andy Wicks, the City's Traffic Engineer, is responsible for the operations of the Traffic Maintenance Division as well as being involved in many of the traffic engineering decisions such as sign locations, determining traffic control devices, maintaining traffic count databases, reviewing signal system designs and researching new technologies which will make the division operate more efficiently and provide for safe and efficient driving for motorists. The Traffic Engineer is also involved with public relations with the general public as well as working with other groups both within the city and within the region related to traffic engineering and operations.
The three technicians in the sign section are responsible for maintaining over 20,000 street signs within the City. Those signs have a typical life of 10 years, which means that approximately 2,000 signs need to be replaced every year. The sign technicians are also capable of fabricating street signs using computerized sign production equipment, although most common signs are purchased from Iowa Prison Industries. The sign section paints over 133 lane-miles of center line pavement markings and hundreds of crosswalks and stop lines, using over 2,000 gallons of paint every year. The sign department is also responsible for setting up road closures and detours within the City and assists other departments in setting up work zones for street maintenance.
There are currently 94 signalized intersections, 14 signalized pedestrian crossings, 31 warning flashers and 848 city-owned street lights in Council Bluffs, all maintained by two Traffic Signal Technicians. These two skilled and highly trained technicians do everything from changing light bulbs to troubleshooting complex computer networks.
One Meter Technician is responsible for collections, installations, and maintenance of 860 parking meters in Council Bluffs. Although those meters are a revenue generator, their main function is to regulate parking time.