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Traffic Calming

Citizens are often concerned about excessive traffic speed through their residential neighborhoods. The primary function of streets in neighborhoods is to allow direct access to the properties and connections to higher order systems. When neighborhood streets are being used with excessive speed, the quality of life and the safety of residents is diminished.

In order to enhance the quality of neighborhood life and the safety of the city's residents, the Public Works Department established a traffic calming program. The program is committed to balancing the needs of our residential neighborhoods with the operational mobility needs of the city road system. The goals of this program are:

  • Reduce traffic speed to a safe and appropriate limit
  • Encourage community participation
  • Encourage and enhance pedestrian, bicycle and transit systems
  • Limit traffic calming to local residential streets
  • Ensure emergency vehicle access
  • Use effective, efficient, economical, and environmentally sound traffic calming solutions
  • Seek multi-discipline input from engineers, planners, police and fire
  • Continue monitoring speeds, traffic volumes and accidents.

The Public Works Department reviews applications for traffic calming measures in accordance with this policy and the City of Milton Code of Ordinances.

It is extremely important that the approach taken by the traffic calming program is a systematic one. While each situation may be somewhat unique, the same definitions and criteria, as outlined in this policy, are applied. Also, the transportation system of the city should be considered as a whole. Solving one local problem should not cause another problem to appear somewhere else.

The traffic calming program is to be used only for local residential streets, as defined in the ordinance.

Keeping with the general guidelines and recommendations as set forth in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and Institute of Transportation Engineers aids in the recognition and understanding of traffic control devices. Standardization of these devices will help ensure that any given traffic calming measures, including the use of speed humps, will be equally recognizable and require the same action on the part of the motorist regardless of where they are encountered.

Traffic Calming Ordinance

Traffic Calming Policy and Procedures Manual

Appendix A – Passive Traffic Calming Measures
Appendix B – Active Traffic Calming Measures

Appendix C – Standard Traffic Calming Details

Appendix D – Traffic Calming Forms