The Engineering Department is responsible for monitoring traffic-related issues on City streets, and addressing these issues whenever possible. Staff collects and maintains a database of traffic data which is used to evaluate how well vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians are flowing through the street system. Driveway connections to City streets are evaluated in accordance with the City's Access Management Policy, and the effect that new developments will have on traffic flow is evaluated using the City's Traffic Impact Study Guidelines. Staff also evaluates, designs, and implements traffic calming elements in an effort to reduce vehicle speeds and improve safety on local streets. The Engineering Division also coordinates the actions of the City’s Board of Traffic and Parking, an advisory group responsible for reviewing citizen complaints and concerns on transportation issues. Staff is also responsible for helping to process requests for reserved handicap parking spaces on public streets. The Engineering Division is also responsible for coordinating the City’s Pavement Preservation Program.
The City is also committed to developing and maintaining a comprehensive, interconnected transportation network that serves multiple modes of travel. To that end, the City has adopted a Livable Streets policy, which requires that vehicular, transit, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic all be considered during the planning of new streets within the City. The City has also adopted a Livable Streets Design Guidelines manual that provides examples and guidance for the incorporation of livable street elements in different neighborhoods and situations.
For more information on any of these topics, please contact the Engineering Department office at (301) 739-8577 extension 125.