Who are the most conservative people on the planet? Engineers, of course. Wrong!
Common definition of a conservative traffic engineer: Careful to design what’s necessary for people, cautious, caretaker of public health and safety, wouldn’t waste your money on junk food at the theater concession stand.
Real American traffic engineer: careful to design according to the rules set by the auto industry, careful to obey computer simulations rather than real life experience, careful to blow your tax dollars at the first opportunity.