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Traffic Operations and Planning

Traffic engineering services provides for the safe and efficient movement of motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians – both today and in the future.

Active Transportation Plan (ATP)
Fresno Active Transportation Plan Logo

The City of Fresno’s 2016 Active Transportation Plan (ATP) will update and build on the vision for active transportation developed in the 2010 Bicycle, Pedestrian & Trails Master Plan. The City is committed to gathering community feedback to shape the future of active travel infrastructure and amenities. Fehr & Peers has been contracted to gather stakeholder input through planned community outreach meetings and crowdsource technology. Whether you are interested in improving sidewalks, trails, bike lanes or have other ideas to share, we invite you to participate in the planning process.

There are many ways to engage in shaping the Active Transportation Plan:

  1. Attend stakeholder meetings
  2. Email ideas to:
  3. Mail ideas to: ATP Project Manager City Hall
    2600 Fresno Street, 4th Floor
    Fresno, CA 93721

Schedule (tentative dates)

Date Description
April 21, 2016 Stakeholder Advisory Committee
May 18, 2016 First Public Workshop Fairgrounds 5:30-7:30pm
May 19, 2016 Second Public Workshop Fresno City College 5:30-7:30pm
July 19, 2016 Stakeholder Advisory Committee
April – August 2016 Public Comments Accepted via Mapping Survey, Email or Mail
August 11, 2016 Public Workshop Fresno City College 5:30 – 7:30
August 18, 2016 2016 Public Workshop City Hall 8:30 – 5:30
October 6, 2016 Stakeholder Advisory Committee
October 20, 2016 Draft Active Transportation Plan Available for Public Review
December 7, 2016 Planning Commission
December 15, 2016 City Council Approval
January 26, 2017 City Council Approval – Continued

Useful Links and Information

Learn about separated bikeways and their place in local transportation. Give us your input to help determine where separated bikeways will best serve the communities of Fresno and Clovis by taking the survey and using the interactive map tool. Visit Fresno/Clovis Separated Bikeways to take the survey and learn

The Final Active Transportation Plan is now available for public review!

Active Transportation Plan (ATP)

Accessing Hardcopy Documents
In addition to the download link above, the ATP document is available for purchase at the Traffic & Engineering Services Division counter (price based on printing cost).

Additional Information

For additional information, please send an email to

Traffic Planning

The Traffic Planning Section works closely with the Planning and Development Department by providing Conditions of Approval, site plan review, and design guidelines for both residential and commercial development projects. The section also processes variances, Rezones, plan amendments, and provides design guidelines for traffic calming standards.

Conditions of Approval for:

  • Tract Maps
  • Parcel Maps
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Site Plan Reviews
  • Vacations
  • County Applications

The conditions and review cover the following:

  • Off-Site Improvement Requirements –Including but not limited to dedications, vacations, street and alley paving, bike lanes and paths, curb, gutter, sidewalk, driveway approaches, curb ramps, street lights, traffic signals, under grounding utilities.
  • New Growth Area and Urban Growth Management Requirements – Construction of the center section of the major street system which would connect the proposed project to the existing infrastructure.
  • Parking Lot Requirements – in accordance with the City of Fresno’s Parking Manual
  • Traffic Impact Studies – required on all projects that are projected to generate 100 or more peak hour trips (a.m. or p.m.).


Traffic Operations section performs engineering and traffic studies along with traffic counts for the completion of traffic warrants per the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices to determine if a new traffic signal, signal modification, stop sign, crosswalk or a change to a posted speed limit is needed.

Traffic Operations investigates requests from the public regarding curb painting, crosswalks, signs, striping, and visibility issues and works in conjunction with Fresno Unified, Clovis Unified, and Central Unified school districts to enhance the safety of children when traveling to and from school.


Traffic Permits & Plan Checks

A minimum of 48 hours for the processing permits is required  If there is an urgent situation, please contact us so that we can assist you to the best of our ability.

Permits and Plan Check Section performs the following services:


Signing and Striping

Street Lighting

Traffic Control Plans for Road and Lane Closures

Truck Routes

Questions? Please call (559) 621-8800

Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)

Fresno’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) is a state-of-the-art technology to monitor, model, and coordinate traffic, connecting the City’s Traffic Operations Center to a fiber network for efficient citywide traffic coordination. ITS has helped to reduce commute times up to 18% and reduce the resulting emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), Nitrogen Oxide (NOX), Greenhouse Gasses (CO2).

ITS Plans are prepared by private engineers at the request of the City of Fresno or a developer, and they are submitted to the Department of Public Works. The ITS Plans are reviewed to verify that Federal, State, Regional Architecture, and City of Fresno standards have been followed.

FIber Optic Cable

Fiber Optic Infrastructure: Miles of fiber optic cable that connect to the busiest intersections are buried under the ground. Traffic Operation Center (TOC) provides a single location to manage the fiber optic cable traffic routes.

Traffic Controller

Traffic Controllers: Traffic signal timing is controlled by computerized controllers which optimizes traffic for each intersection and Provides timed traffic corridors down major streets

IP Camera

IP Cameras: Cameras are set up at major intersections. “Real” time traffic levels help signal coordination.


Vehicle Detectors: Vehicle sensors are embedded in the pavement or mounted above the freeway to provide: Vehicle volume, Speed, Traffic Counts, and Accurate time of traffic signals

Traffic Map

Traffic Map: Computer generated map compiled with data is displayed by various colors for differing road conditions. This data gives a real-time picture of the current traffic speeds, construction areas, and access to view traffic cameras.

Changeable Message Sign

Changeable Message Sign (CMS): Electronic message sign capable of displaying real-time traffic information. Permanent CMS signs are installed on some freeways and managed by Caltrans. Portable CMS signs are used to help manage road construction.

Traffic Map