Bruening's public career started in 1924 in Milwaukee as a Junior
Draftsman and he rose through the ranks to become Traffic Engineer and
Superintendent of the Bureau of Traffic Engineering and Electrical
Services in 1956. He held this until his retirement in 1972, a total of 48
years in the practice of traffic engineering, all with the City of
the late 1920s Mr. Bruening constantly preached the gospel of the three
E's of traffic safety and the necessity of coordination of geometric
design and traffic operations.
activities in ITE included being Review Editor of the Traffic
Engineering Handbook in 1941. He
produced many papers on traffic channelization and signals.
Mr. Bruening was long an advocate of progressive signal timing
and employed many innovations in Milwaukee's traffic signal program. Mr. Bruening also oversaw the first origin and destination
survey in Milwaukee in 1946 which led to Milwaukee's freeway system of
which he was an early supporter. He
was also an advocate of balanced transportation and many of his transit
ideas came to fruition after his retirement, especially in 1976 when
Milwaukee went into public ownership of the local transit company.
joined ITE in 1937 and was active in the Mid-West Section and the
Wisconsin Section. He was
also active in the International Municipal Signal Association.
He was a member of the original National Joint Committee on
Uniform Traffic Control Devices and served many years in preparing the
1961 and 1971 versions of the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control
Devices. Mr. Bruening died in January 1994.