Traffic controls establish which vehicles have the right-of-way, improve traffic flow and reduce intersection delays. Examples include yield signs, stop signs, traffic signals and turn prohibition signs. The Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD), a state-wide set of standards for traffic control devices, has very specific guidelines and criteria for the proper use and placement of intersection control.
Requests for Traffic Signal Installation
Requests for installation of intersection controls may be submitted to the Engineering Department. A traffic study will be conducted to determine if an upgrade of traffic controls is warranted. The traffic study includes:
Measurement of traffic volumes into the intersection from all approaches.
Analysis of the distribution of traffic throughout the day
Gathering accident records for the intersection.
If a traffic signal is justified, the installation of a four-way stop may be considered as a temporary measure until funding for the traffic signal becomes available.
Traffic signals cost more than $250,000 per intersection.
To help maintain and improve the safety of residential streets, City Council adopted a program to address traffic issues like speeding, cut-through traffic and parking problems in residential neighborhoods. Our goal is to have 85% of vehicles going at or below the posted speed limit.
When a traffic problem in a residential neighborhood is reported, the first step in the process is generally to conduct a traffic study at that location to determine the extent of the problem. After the traffic study is complete, staff then discusses the available options