City of Austin Performance Report 2015-16

Percent of School Zone Indicator Signals that Received Preventive Maintenance 

Measure Description
Properly functioning reduced speed school zones are one of many elements used to enhance the safety of children traveling to and from school. Each summer and throughout the year, the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) performs preventive maintenance on school zones in preparation for the coming school year. Preventive maintenance helps ensure the beacons are performing properly and activate according to a schedule agreed-upon with the school districts. As a result, preventive maintenance increases safety and reduces trouble calls from the public. ATD currently operates over 300 school zones and 576 school zone flashers throughout Austin.
Calculation Method
This measure is calculated by dividing the number of school zone flashers that received preventive maintenance during the fiscal year by the total number of school zone flashers that ATD maintains.
FY 2015-16 Results
ATD performed preventive maintenance on 238 school zone flashers in FY 2015-16. This is approximately 41% of all flashers and exceeds ATD’s goal of performing preventive maintenance on at least 33% of school zone flashers.
Assessment of Results
The Department was able to exceed this goal and perform preventive maintenance on 238, or 41%, school zone flashers in FY 2015-16. This ensures that all school zone flashers receive preventive maintenance at least once during a three-year period. During FY 2014-15, ATD enhanced its preventive maintenance program with improved goals, staff resources, procedures, and reporting processes to ensure all school zone flashers receive preventive maintenance at least once during a three-year period. These enhancements led to ATD achieving and surpassing its preventive maintenance goal for the year.
Next Steps
ATD intends to continue performing preventive maintenance at 33% of school zone flashers annually.  Preventive maintenance on school zone flashers includes checking the flasher head(s), cutting any tree limbs around the traffic control device, cleaning and dusting the cabinet, checking the terminal strip connections, checking the speed limit and other signs associated with the traffic control device, checking the antennae and the links, and ensuring all the light bulbs are functional.
Contact Information
For more information contact Robert Spillar, P.E., Transportation Director at (512) 974-2488.