James W. Ellison has over 40 years of professional traffic engineering experience in county, city and private sectors. He is an independent consulting traffic engineer in Federal Way, Washington, providing consulting services in the areas of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), traffic sign and pavement marking retroreflectivity, traffic safety, highway safety information systems, and traffic engineering, maintenance and operations. He has a BSCE from the University of Washington and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Washington.
As a practicing local agency traffic engineer for over 31 years, Jim has been responsible for the planning, design, operations and maintenance of traffic signs, pavement markings, and traffic signal and illumination systems, as well as for traffic safety studies and traffic data systems on county roads and city streets. He has been invited to present topics at 10 national conferences, such as ITE and NACE, on subjects that include traffic control revisions, the MUTCD, traffic sign vandalism, sign retro reflectivity, and highway safety information systems. He has been a speaker on several nationally-telecast webinars on various traffic and transportation subjects, and has been active in planning, moderating, and speaking at the Washington State Road and Street Supervisors Traffic Solutions Workshops.
He has served as a member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and as a recognized peer for the Federal Highway Administration's Peer-to-Peer program for the questions regarding the use of traffic control devices such as signs, signals, and markings. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the Washington State ITE section in 2009, and has been a member of the Transportation Research Board committees on Traffic Control Devices and on Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation. He has been invited to serve as a member of expert panels and technical advisory or oversight committees sponsored by AASHTO, FHWA, NACE, NHTSA, APWA and GHSA on national traffic issues including sign and pavement marking retroreflectivity, highway safety information systems, and use of roadway markings.