Traffic Engineering
Frequently Asked Questions



                                           

1. Where can I get Traffic Counts?
2. Where can I obtain a copy of an Engineering and Traffic Survey performed for a posted speed limit?
3. How do I get a stop sign installed?
4. How do I get a traffic signal installed?
5. How do I get a left turn arrow at a traffic signal installed?
6. How do I get a handicapped parking stall installed in front of my house?
7. How do I get speed bumps installed on my street?
8. How do I request to have a speed limit installed in my neighborhood?
9. Who should I call if a street light is out or if a traffic signal is not working properly?
10. Who do I call if I see an intersection or road sign that is covered by a bush, shrub, or a tree?
11. How do I get a block party permit?
12. What is a wide load permit used for?
13. Who needs an annual trip permit?
14. What do I do if drivers keep speeding down streets in my neighborhood?
15. Can I post a sign on a stop sign, street light, speed limit sign, or in the public right of way?
16. How do I drive on  "Roundabout?"

                                    
Traffic Counts:
1.  Where can I get Traffic Counts? 
             
 


The City of Fresno maintains a traffic count data base performed by the City of Fresno.  The public is welcome to existing counts in our data base.  Counts in Clovis may be requested through the City of Clovis.  www.ci.clovis.ca.us Counts in the County may be requested through the County of Fresno.  www.co.fresno.ca.us Counts at Caltrans interchanges may be requested through the County of Fresno.  www.co.fresno.ca.us Counts at Caltrans interchanges may be requested through Caltrans.  www.dot.ca.gov

To request traffic counts within the City of Fresno; please, email Leslie Parker at:
leslie.barkley@fresno.gov
Or send a written letter to:
City of Fresno
Traffic Engineering Department
2600 Fresno Street Room 3064
Fresno, California 93721

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Engineering and Traffic Surveys:
2.  Where can I obtain a copy of an Engineering and Traffic Survey performed for a posted speed limit?


Every half mile roadway segment with a posted speed limit within the jurisdiction of the City of Fresno has speed surveys of file with the City of Fresno Traffic Engineering Department.  The surveys are dated every five (5) years and the posted speed limit is set based on the eighty-fifth (85) percentile speed.

To request counts; please, email Leslie Parker at:
leslie.barkley@fresno.gov
Or send a written letter to:
City of Fresno
Traffic Engineering Department
2600 Fresno Street Room 3064
Fresno, California 93721

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Stop Signs
3.  How do I get a stop sign installed?


All intersections that do not have posted stop signs have the right of way assigned by the California Vehicle code.  Stop signs installation for request for intersections within the jurisdiction of the City of Fresno may be requested through Traffic Engineering by filing out the attached form.  The location is investigated, studied, and checked to see if warrants are met following the guideline in the California Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  The City of Fresno does not install "unwarranted" stop signs.
Click here to download an Investigation Request form. 

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Traffic Signals
4.  How do I get a traffic signal installed?


Requests for traffic signals for intersections under the jurisdiction of the City of Fresno may be requested through Traffic Engineering by filling out an Investigation Request form.  The location is investigated, studied and checked to see if warrants are met followning the guidelines in the California Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  When an intersection meets warrants for signals the location is added to the  New Traffic Signal Installations Priority Ranking Worksheet.  This list is updated once a year.  Before signals can be installed they must be assigned funding.  The location then must have signals designed and then go out to bid for installation or be constructed by new development.  The  New Traffic Signal Installation Priority Ranking Worksheet currently has fifty-seven (57) intersections listed.  Click here to download an Investigation Request form.

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Left Turn Phasing
5.  How do I get a left turn arrow at a traffic signal installed?



Requests for left turn phasing for intersections under the jurisdiction of the City of Fresno may be requested through Traffic Engineering.  The location is investigated, studied and checked  to see if warrants are met following the Guidelines of the California Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  When a location meets warrants for left turn phasing the location is added to the left turn phasing priority list.  This list is updated once a year.  Before left turn phasing can be installed  the location must be assigned funding.  Then the signal modification must be designed and then go out to bid for installation or be constructed by new development.  The Left-Turn Signals Priority Ranking Worksheet currently has eighteen (18) intersections listed.

Click here to download an Investigational Request form.

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Accessible Parking
6.  How do I get an accessible parking space installed in from of my house? 


To have an accessible parking space installed you can contact the Parking Division of the City of Fresno at 621-PARK.  The Parking Division will investigate the location to see if it is feasible.  You will then be required to pay for the installation and pay a maintenance fee.

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Speed Bumps
7.  How do I get speed bumps in stalled on my street? 


The City of Fresno adopted a policy on December 12, 2006 which does not allow the installation of a new speed bump or hump within the City of Fresno.

Click here to view City of Fresno's policy document.  Speeding traffic may be addressed by contacting the Fresno Police  Department, Traffic Enforcement at (559) 621-5050.  Please, advise them of the location and the main time of day when the speeding occurs.

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Speed Limits
8.  How do I request to have a speed limit installed in my neighborhood? 


Traffic Engineering performs Engineering and Traffic Surveys on every 1/2 mile segment of posted roadway every five (5) years  with new segments of roadway being built every year.  Residential streets defined by the California Vehicle Code have a Prima Facie Speed limit of 25 miles per hour which are enforceable by the Fresno Police Department.  The City of Fresno does not install speed limit signs in residential neighborhoods.

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Street Lights and Traffic Signals
9.  Who should I call if a street light is out or if a traffic signal is not working properly?


You can call the Street Maintenance Division at:
(559) 621-1492

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Sight Obstruction
10.  Who do I call if I see and intersection or road sign that is covered by a bush, shrub, or a tree?


You can call the Street Maintenance Division at:
(559) 621-1492

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Block Party Permits
11.  How do I get a Block Pary Permit?



Block Party Permits start with the Council person's admin clerk.  This process takes an average of two or three weeks according to how quickly the Police Department and the Fire Department sign off and approve the fact that this party does not create any threat or disruption.  The first step is to obtain the permit form.  Next, you must have the people that are going to be affected by the block party to sign the form giving their approval and permission for the permit holder to have the Block Party at the desired date and time.  At least 50% of the affected neighbors must sign the block party permit form granting approval.  The fee for the block party permit is $10.00.

Please contact the City Council office to complete a registration form. The phone number is 621-8000.

To request more information about Block Parties; please, call Traffic Engineering at:
(559) 621-8800
Or send a written letter to:
City of Fresno
Traffic Engineering Department
2600 Fresno Street Room 4064
Fresno, California 93721

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Wide Load Permit
12.  What is a Wide Load permit used for?



A wide load permit is issued when the load is oversized or someone needs to bring something either into or out of the City of Fresno limits along various truck routes.  The fee for a wide load permit is $16.00 and can only be used for one load, either coming into or leaving City of Fresno limits.

Click here
 to download a Wide Load Permit. 
Click here 
to view City of Fresno, designated Truck Routes.

To request more information about Wide Load Permit; please, call Traffic Engineering at:
(559) 621-8800
Or send a written letter to:
City of Fresno
Traffic Engineering Department
2600 Fresno Street Room 4064
Fresno, California 93721

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Annual Trip Permits
13.  Who needs an Annual Trip permit?


Anyone who either drives, hauls, or tows anything on a regular basis.  A wide load permit can be considered the same as a trip permit except for the usage limitation and fees.  The cost of a wide load permit is $16.00 and can only be used for one load.  The cost of an annual trip permit is $90.00 and has an unlimitied amount of trip usage.  If you plan to make six (6) or more trips within a one year period, it would be a feasible choice to purchase an annual trip permit.

Click here
 to download a Wide Load Permit.
Click here to download an Annual Transportation Permit.

Click here to view City of Fresno, Designated Truck Routes

To request more information about Annual Transportaion Permit; please, call Traffic Engineering at:
(559) 621-8800
Or send a written letter to:
City of Fresno
Traffic Engineering Department
2600 Fresno Street Room 4064
Fresno, California 93721

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Speeding in residential neighborhood
14.  What do I do if drivers keep speeding down steets in my neighborhood?

If traffic appears to be going too fast, Traffic Engineering suggests contacting the Police Department, Traffic Enforcement Bureau at (559) 621-5050.  Enforcement has been proven to be the only effective tool at this time in dealing with unsuitable driving conditions on residential streets.  Often the problem of speeding in local streets is by neighbors not realizing the impact they have on each other when they are in a hurry.  Newsletters educating your neighbors of the issues can be beneficial.  Also, you can establish a Neighborhood Watch Program through the Fresno Police Department with an emphasis on speeding and traffic calming issues.

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Posting Signs
15.  Can I post a sign on a stop sign, steet light, speed limit sign, or in the public right of way?


The answer is NO.  It is against the law.  Fresno Municipal Code Article 9, Signs Section 13-911 (C):  Prohibits Signs addresses this exact issue.

Click here to view document. 

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Roundabouts
16. How do I drive a "Roundabout?"

Click here to view instructions

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