The Traffic Services Division is responsible for the application of traffic engineering principles to provide safe and efficient movement of people and goods on the public streets. This involves addressing traffic control issues and concerns through collection and analysis of traffic data and proper selection and application of traffic control devices, i.e., signs, pavement markings, and signals.
- Red Light Running Engineering Analysis
- Road Hump Program Summary
- USDOT Releases 2016 Fatal Traffic Crash Data*
The Division assists the development community in meeting the traffic related portions of their projects through information, document review, and traffic engineering expertise. Specific duties include review of plats for compliance with street layout requirements and review of site plans for compliance with parking and access requirements.
The Division is an integral part of the City's transportation planning efforts, by providing traffic engineering expertise in the planning and development process and through involvement on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board.
The Signal Section operates and maintains the power-operated traffic control devices. These include 165 intersection control signals, 6 mid-block pedestrian signals, 26 school speed flashers, and 3 warning flashers.
The Signs & Markings Section installs and maintains, and in some cases, makes the traffic control signs and street name signs on the City streets and for City facilities. There are 11,000-15,000 traffic control signs and 7,800-9,000 street name signs.
The Signs & Markings Section installs and maintains pavement markings on City streets and at City facilities. These include; centerlines, lane lines, crosswalks, parking stalls, curb markings, etc.
The Signs & Markings Section investigates and abates traffic hazards created by vegetation, i.e., tree limbs, bushes, and weeds blocking traffic control signs and signals, or causing blind corners.
School Crossing GuardsSchool crossing guards assist elementary and middle school children in crossing busy streets in 15-17 locations. The hours may be varied slightly to accommodate specific location needs, but occur between 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
What Can I Do To Help?
Motorists can assist in keeping our kids safe each day by obeying the laws concerning the school zones. In our busy lives sometimes we all forget how hazardous our vehicles can be to these youngsters. You can help by remembering these simple guidelines:
- Cell phone use in a school zone is prohibited
- This includes texting!
- Stay Alert
- Watch for small children. Children often dart out from behind a parked car.
- Slow Down
- Obey the MAXIMUM speed limit in school zones and the 30 mile per hour MAXIMUM speed limit on residential streets.
- Do Not Stop or Park on a Crosswalk
- This is against the law. All vehicles must stop 20’ in advance of the crosswalk.
- Be Patient
- Proceed into the crosswalk or intersection ONLY after ALL pedestrians are all clear of the crosswalk.
- Obey the Crossing Guards and School Officials
- They are there to protect the children but can only do so with your cooperation. It is a violation of State Law to "willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction to stop and yield to pedestrians given by any School Crossing Guard while in performance of his duties in a designated school-crossing zone".
- Don’t stop in the travel lane
- Even if you are just dropping off or picking up students, you can slow down traffic and delay everyone.
For more information on school zone safety you can contact the Traffic & Transportation Division at 325-676-6281
- Cell phone use in a school zone is prohibited
The Division enforces parking time limits and other parking regulations in the north side central business district. This area has about 660 on-street parking spaces with time limits.
Parking meters are used for 26 parking spaces adjacent to Federal Courthouse/Post Office. The Division maintains the parking meters and collects the parking fees.
The Division manages the installation of new street lights. Except for special circumstances, the new street lights are primarily in new developments. Most of the street lights (8700+) are installed and maintained by the electric utility companies, i.e., American Electric Power (AEP) and Taylor Electric Cooperative. The Division maintains the 61 City owned lights located on traffic signal poles. For information on reporting a street light outage, see Street Light Repair.
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