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Deputy District Director of Operations



Mr. Zaghari is responsible for traffic operations and safety of all the State highways in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. There are 915 freeway and conventional highway miles in Los Angeles County and 273 miles in Ventura County.

From 2004 to 2013, Zaghari served as the Chief, Office of Traffic Design where he oversaw delivery of a variety of traffic operations and safety improvement projects. Of note are two highly innovative projects: the Strategic Growth Plan’s Adaptive Traffic Signal Control System (ATCS) project for better signal optimization and synchronization, which received the 2009 Excellence in Transportation Award; and the Dynamic Lane Management project at the Interstate 110/5 interchange for better operational efficiency through technology with few physical improvements, which received the 2011 Tranny Award. He was also responsible for optimal operations and timing of 1,300 signals throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

As the Showcase Project Director, Zaghari directed, and managed the pioneer Showcase Project and a multitude of regional ITS projects across Southern California. Showcase was a multi-jurisdictional program aimed at multi-modal integration and interoperability of various transportation systems management and traveler information. He also served District 7 as an Associate Transportation Engineer and, later, a Senior Transportation Engineer responsible for State freeway traffic operations in the San Gabriel Valley area.

Mr. Zaghari holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering from California State University, Northridge and a Master’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He is a registered Civil Engineer (PE) and a certified project management professional (PMP).

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