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Traffic Operations and Planning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Traffic Operations and Planning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where can I get Traffic Counts?

The City of Fresno maintains a traffic count database performed by the City of Fresno. The public is welcome to existing counts in our database. 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 Barkley 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

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 Barkley 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

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

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 following 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 

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 Investigation Request form

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 (559) 621-PARK(7275). 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.

How do I get speed bumps installed 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.

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.

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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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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How do I get a Block Party 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.

Steps to obtaining permit:
1. Obtain the permit form from your City Council representative.
2. Contact the people that would be  affected by the block party to sign the form giving their approval and permission to the permit holder to have the Block Party at the desired date and time.
Note: 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.
3. Work with your City Council representative to finalize.

To complete registration form, contact your councilmember:
City Council Office
(559)621-8000

To request more information about Block Parties, contact:
Traffic Engineering
(559) 621-8800
2600 Fresno Street Room 4064
Fresno, California 93721

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.

Download a Wide Load Permit 
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

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 unlimited 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.

Download a Wide Load Permit 
Download an Annual Transportation Permit
View City of Fresno, designated Truck Routes

To request more information about Annual Transportation 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

What do I do if drivers keep speeding down streets 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.

Can I post a sign on a stop sign, street 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.

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ITS FAQs

What is ITS?

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is the application of computers, electronics, communications technologies, and management strategies that reduce congestion and increase safety on the roadways. ITS also provides useful, real-time information on highway and traffic situations.

Why do we need ITS?

As metropolitan areas continue to grow, so do the number of vehicles using the roads. ITS is a means to facilitate the flow of traffic on our roads and reduce travel delays.

Where is ITS being used?

Currently on the major streets of Herndon, Blackstone, Kings Canyon, Willow, and Chestnut. More streets are being planned or in progress.

What does ITS mean to me?

This means by driving the posted speed limit you reduce the probability of being stopped by a traffic signal.This means means you save gas by reducing the “stop and go” driving. This also means your car will contribute less pollution into the air and helps improve air quality. Lastly, the likelihood of accidents are significantly lessened.

Who pays for ITS?

The City of Fresno, in conjunction with federal, local, and private organizations, funds the ITS projects in the same manner in which new highways are funded and built. In most cases, ITS elements are included in new intersection construction projects.

How does ITS work?

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are highway traffic monitoring and management systems which use computer, telecommunication, and video technology to help reduce traffic congestion. Traffic-flow data is gathered electronically. The resulting information is used to adjust and synchronize signal timing to provide better traffic flow with reduced delays. The data can also be used to lessen the impact of construction zones and provide information for alternate routes in case of increased congestion.

Can cameras be used by law enforcement to issue tickets?

No. The video cameras run continuously, but the images are not recorded. The cameras are only used to help ITS personnel monitor road conditions that may affect travel.

What streets have ITS?

Herndon, Blackstone,Kings Canyon, Willow, and Chestnut are coordinated. More streets will be timed in the upcoming months.

What speed do I travel to make all the green light?

Generally the speed is 2-3 miles an hour under the posted speed limit.

How often are the average speeds refreshed on the map?

The average speeds shown on the map are refreshed approximately every 5 minutes.

How accurate is construction information?

The most common reason is due to the weather. However, changes could also occur due to the following reasons: 1)work schedules due to equipment malfunction; 2) late material delivery; or 3) other unforeseen circumstances. The list of planned construction reflects the most up-to-date construction plans possible. However, information is most accurate 24 hours before the scheduled start. We suggest you check back close to your departure time for the most accurate construction schedules.

Why are certain devices not working?

The Traffic Operation Center performs routine maintenance on the cameras; however, there will be times when certain cameras or speed information is unavailable. These devices are used by operators at the TOC and these operators will become aware immediately when problems occur.

Why are some left turns after the signal instead of before?

There are two possible reasons for this. First, there may not be enough room to allow cars to turn safely from both directions at the same time. Second, the intersection is most likely a non standard distance away from another intersection. This makes a lead-lag left turn necessary for timing both directions of traffic.

Why are the left turn lights so long?

The length of the left turn light is set for the anticipated traffic level. Other timing issues may also come into play.

Why does the 'Don't Walk' light start to flash red so soon?

The “Walk” sign is designed to allow pedestrians to enter the intersection. By the time the “Don’t Walk” sign starts to flash, all crossing pedestrians should have stepped off the curb. The pedestrians should have enough time to safely cross the intersection.

Does ITS increase the capacity of the Roadway?

No. ITS does not increase a roadway’s capacity, but it does increase it efficiency.