Neighborhood Traffic Management Program

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Overview

The Neighborhood Traffic Management Program was created to address citizen requests for traffic control measures in residential neighborhoods throughout Lubbock. These problems are often related to traffic volume, vehicle speed, roadway geometry, and vehicle / pedestrian conflicts.

Goals of the Program

  • Identify the roles of the neighborhood residents and the Traffic Engineering Department in addressing traffic related issues in neighborhoods.
  • Encourage neighborhood involvement as part of the solution to traffic related problems.
  • Discuss advantages / disadvantages of potential solutions for traffic problems.

Strategies

The following strategies are recommended by the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE) for handling traffic concerns such as speeding, cut-through traffic, sight restrictions, and collisions:

  • Enforcing general laws and ordinances pertaining to speed limits, intersection control, and parking regulations.
  • Educating residents to better understand the causes of traffic problems, potential solutions to those problems, and the advantages / disadvantages of implementing these solutions.
  • Installing Traffic Control Devices judiciously and in conformance with the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD) which provides standards, guidance, and options for traffic control devices on public roadways.
  • Installing Traffic Calming Devices that manage the physical movement of vehicles or pedestrians within the roadway or within a neighborhood when the previous strategies have proven insufficient or ineffective.

Process

To assure that traffic calming requests are processed consistently, fairly and timely, the subsequent steps will be followed:

  1. Neighborhood representative submits application form.
  2. Traffic Engineering performs a site visit and investigation within six weeks of application.
  3. Neighborhood Representative works with Traffic Engineering to establish a Traffic Calming Treatment Plan and acquire citizen information for a Survey Petition. Signatures will be verified to confirm the required neighborhood support level.
  4. If verified Survey Petition does not show 80% support, application is denied.
  5. If verified Survey Petition shows 80% or more support, the Traffic Engineering Department will place the street or alley on a list of approved traffic calming projects, and the neighborhood representative will be advised of the approved installation request.

Funding

When the installation of a traffic calming device is appropriate to address a traffic issue, it will be the responsibility of the City to dedicate funding for the project. The cost for each traffic calming device will be established based on the actual current cost for a typical installation, including any necessary pavement markings and/or signs. If a traffic calming device is not deemed necessary by the Traffic Engineering Department after completion of an engineering study but is still desired by the neighborhood, it may be installed at the neighborhood’s expense. The cost of engineering studies and maintenance of traffic calming devices is the responsibility of the City, excluding any landscaping.

More Information

Please review the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program document in its entirety before submitting a request.