Traffic calming is defined as the installation of measures designed to reduce traffic speeds and/or cut-through volumes in the interest of safety and livability. City Transportation Engineering’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) provides the process by which citizens are able to request for their street or neighborhoods to be evaluated for traffic calming. Some examples of traffic calming devices utilized by the NTMP in order to enhance safety for pedestrians and motorists are:
- Speed Humps
- Speed Tables
- Raised Crosswalks
To request more information on the NTMP process, please complete the online request form below.
Steps of a Traffic Calming Project
Step 1: Identify the Problem
After being contacted by citizens and/or neighborhoods, the Transportation Engineering Division will work to identify the details of the concerned area. When initiating a traffic study, specifically in excessive vehicular speed concerns, City engineers consider some of the following issues:
- Is the roadway posted adequately and appropriately with speed limit signs?
- Are the existing signs clearly visible?
- Are there any special roadway geometrics?
- What is the volume of vehicles that use this roadway each day?
- How fast are the vehicles actually traveling?
- Does the reported crash history show a pattern of excessive speed as a contributing factor?
Step 2: Investigation and Data Collection
The investigation of traffic concerns includes several methods of data collection, including:
- Field study
- Research of previous traffic studies
- Review of crash histories
- Collection of daily vehicle volumes and speeds
Based on the data, the City will initially conduct passive measures, such as increased police enforcement, additional traffic signs, pavement markings and/or speed display trailers. The area will be continually monitored to determine the effectiveness of these measures.
Step 3: Request for Traffic Calming Study
If the traffic problems persist after a reasonable amount of time, citizens can request to be entered into the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. To do this, you will need to submit a request form and have it signed by ten (10) concerned citizens. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the form.
Step 4: Establish Primary Neighborhood Contact or Traffic Committee
To coordinate efforts, a property owner within the neighborhood is requested to volunteer to act as the primary study contact who will coordinate the petition for the study, disseminate information about the process to neighbors and/or associations and can request the attendance of City staff at neighborhood meetings to generally discuss the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program and answer questions.
Step 5: Feasibility Study and Preliminary Design
The feasibility study is initiated once priority is established. Either staff or a consultant will further identify:
- Specific traffic problems
- Develop a preliminary plan to show locations of proposed devices
- Determine the project's impact area
- Prepare maps
- Petition for pertinent documents
- and Prepare necessary presentation boards and/or materials
Step 6: Presentation of Findings and Proposed Plan
The traffic calming plan is presented to the traffic committee or neighborhood. Adjustment to the plan may be considered at this stage. Once an agreement has been made between the City and the traffic committee/neighborhood on the proposed plan, the committee is presented with copies of the plan, the official petition and property owner address information. Also, the proposed plan is circulated internally with the City (police, fire, solid waste, etc.) and external agencies (utilities, etc.) for review and comment.
Step 7: Petition of Support
Before the project can move forward, the City must receive a petition of support signed by 65% of the property owners within the designated impact area. Each parcel/address is entitled to one property owner signature. This petition is the responsibility of the traffic committee/neighborhood. The petition must be returned to the City within 180 days. Once returned with the required number of signatures, the proposed plan moves forward.
Step 8: Preparation of the Final Design Plans
Final construction documents are prepared, reviewed and approved for future construction.
Step 9: Final Funding Approval and Authorization
Commissioner (of the respective district) must approve the use of the appropriate district's neighborhood traffic management funds for construction of the traffic calming devices. Once authorized, the package of construction documents is prepared for transmittal to the contractor. The neighborhood contact person or committee is then notified the project has been approved and will move forward.
Step 10: Project Construction
With the construction documents in hand, the contractor will supply the City with an estimated date range for the beginning of construction. The contractor will also provide the residents in the designated impact area with a letter explaining the estimated schedule and other construction details.
Step 11: Post-Construction Project Evaluation
Typically 180 days after construction is complete, City staff evaluates the effects of the traffic calming project. If any unacceptable impacts are identified, corrective measures are taken.
Parking on a public street, also known as on-street parking, can provide a quick and convenient way to access residences and businesses throughout the City. It is City Transportation Engineering policy not to restrict parking on a street unless conditions exist which are creating a traffic safety or public safety concern, or the property owners express their desire for the change through petition. To request a parking study, please complete the online request form below.
The purpose of traffic signs is to communicate regulations, warnings and guidance to the traveling public in a simple and consistent way. City Transportation Engineering is responsible for installing and maintaining the traffic signs on all public right-of-ways within the City limits. To report a downed, damaged or missing sign, please contact the City Sign Shop (407) 246-2100. To request a change to existing signs or a new traffic sign, please complete the online request form below.
Pavement markings are lines and symbols on a roadway that provide information to users to ensure safe and efficient roadway use. For example, pavement markings can communicate to users when passing is allowed, warn about upcoming conditions and indicate where pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes are located. City of Orlando Transportation Engineering is responsible for maintaining all pavement markings on public roads within the City limits.
To request pavement marking maintenance or new pavement markings, please complete the online request form below.
Citywide lighting improves the safety of the traveling public on streets and highways within the City limits. It is the policy of City Transportation Engineering to provide lighting on all publicly maintained streets and coordinate with local utilities for light installation and maintenance. To report street lights in need of repair, call either OUC or Duke Energy. To request the installation of new street lights, please complete the online request form below.
Traffic signals are electronic devices at intersections which direct traffic. They are designed to maintain orderly traffic flow and to help reduce conflict between roadway users at an intersection. The City of Orlando Transportation Engineering is responsible for the maintenance of over 500 signalized intersections, school zone beacons and warning beacons.
To request maintenance of traffic signals, please contact the Traffic Management Center at 407.426.2020 or by email at email@example.com
For older reports, please submit an online public records request.