Richard A. McGuinness

Senior Consultant / P.E., PTOE / Columbus


Mr. McGuinness is a 1969 engineering graduate and 1981 business school graduate of The Ohio State University.  For the past 48 years he has been a practicing traffic engineer, with hands on experience in the design, application, and maintenance of traffic control, for both permanent street and highway applications and work zones.  His expertise has been further developed in the area of human factors, driver behavior and liability issues from the detailed analysis of traffic crashes on a part time basis over the past 35 plus years, and especially from the encouragement from the late Dr. Bernard Abrams, founder of the Institute of Vehicular Safety.  He is currently sharing this knowledge by teaching a general traffic engineering course at Columbus State Community College.

Mr. McGuinness’ areas of expertise include the design and operation of highway work zones, management of major traffic incidents and events, the design and operation of traffic signals and traffic signal systems, highway signs and pavement markings.  As the City of Columbus Traffic Maintenance Manager, he was responsible for the installation, construction and maintenance of all traffic control devices in the city.

Representative Engagements

  • Evaluation of work zones for proper design, installation and maintenance of temporary roadways and traffic control.  Did the work zone provide protection to travelers from construction hazards and protection of workers from traffic?  Was approaching traffic adequately warned of the work ahead and properly guided thru the work zone.  Were pedestrians, bicycles and persons with mobility difficulties properly accommodated?  Were the plans followed or changed during construction?
  • Evaluation of urban streets and rural highways for proper alignment, sight distance, pavement markings, signs and traffic signals, barriers, roadside safety features.  Evaluation of the overall maintenance and operation practices and philosophies of the maintaining agencies.
  • Evaluation of the roadway and traffic control system upon the outcome of a crash.  Did the roadway’s features and appurtenances contribute to or mitigate the severity of the event?
  • Evaluation of ineffective traffic control, including signal malfunctions, sign and signal support failures, deteriorated signs and pavement markings, visibility obstructions, improper and/or confusing application of signs and pavement markings.
  • Evaluation of day time and night time visibility and safety of railroad crossings, reflective markings on freight cars

Education and Registrations

  • BSCE, Ohio State University
  • MBA, Ohio State University
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Ohio
  • Certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, Transportation Professional Certification Board, International