Traffic & Parking

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We understand that traffic congestion, speeding, bad driving, or searching for a parking spot can be the most frustrating part of your day. We are doing our part to reduce congestion, enforce speed limits, encourage better driving, and provide balanced parking options.

Parking

We are committed to providing fair and balanced parking solutions throughout the City. Parking demands near businesses and public buildings can often times strain on street parking opportunities in the neighborhoods surrounding them. The City's goal is to provide on street parking opportunities for residents and business patrons while respecting the varied needs and desires of the City's neighborhoods. Various parking solutions have been implemented across the City with parking restrictions being the most common. If you would like to request modifications to parking restrictions in your neighborhood please call the Department of Public Works, 414-471-8422.

Information regarding overnight parking, paying a fine, or available City parking lots.

Traffic Calming

We have a program in place that allows you to request Traffic Calming Initiatives be considered to help address concerns related to speeding and high traffic volumes on your neighborhood street. View our Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Calming Guidelines document. In order to qualify for the program your street would need to meet one of the following thresholds:

Traffic Criteria Minimum Threshold
85th Percentile Speed Greater than 5 mph over the posted speed limit
Significant Speeding 10% of traffic at or greater than 10 mph over the posted speed
Traffic Composition 10% or greater cut-through traffic (est. only)
Daily Traffic Volume Exceeds 800 vpd on neighborhood streets or 1,500 vpd residential collectors
Crashes Street or intersection averages more than 2 crashes per year over three year time period

If you believe your street qualifies for the Traffic Calming Program please complete and return the application form or fill out the online form. Once we receive your application we will begin collection of data and evaluation of eligibility. Due to the number of requests received the initial data collection and analysis process may take up to six months.

Stop Signs

We understand that stop signs may seem like a good solution to prevent speeding or reduce cut through traffic; however, that is not the case. National studies have shown that:

  1. crashes can increase at intersections where stop signs are installed even though they are not warranted.
  2. speeds can actually increase between stop signs by 3 to 5 mph, particularly when they are used inappropriately.
  3. compliance at inappropriate stop sign locations is poor, resulting in a false sense of security and accidents involving motorists and pedestrians expecting cross traffic to stop.
  4. the proliferation of stop signs at inappropriate locations creates a lack of respect for stop signs that are warranted.

For these reasons we only install stop signs in locations that meet one of the conditions outlined within the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Please review the City's stop sign installation policy and either fill out and return the application document or use our online form.

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