Traffic Humps

Overview
Residential neighborhoods are adversely impacted by recurrent excessive speed of vehicles. Traffic humps can be an effective and appropriate device for safely reducing vehicle speed on certain types of streets when properly installed. Proper installation will minimize driver frustration and encourage safe driving practices.

Street Eligibility Requirements
  • Properties located within the neighborhood where the traffic hump is proposed must be primarily low-density residential
  • Street must have no more than 1 lane of moving traffic in each direction
  • Must have less than 3,000 vehicles per day traffic
  • Must not be on the ineligible streets list (PDF)
  • Must have posted or prima facie speed limit of 30 miles per hour or less 85th percentile of traffic must equal or exceed 35 miles per hour
  • Must not be an identified primary route for emergency vehicles
  • Must have adequate sight distances to safely accommodate the traffic hump as determined by the Director
  • Must not have curves or grades that prevent safe placement of the hump(s)
  • Must be paved
Traffic Hump Requirements
  • 2/3 of residents on street must sign petition requesting traffic hump
  • 3 residents must make application for traffic hump to Public Works Director
  • Applications accepted in October and April of each year only
  • Decisions of the Public Works Director are final
  • If humps are installed, petition for removal cannot be submitted for 1 year
  • Must be 1 lane traffic in each direction
  • Must meet 85th percentile of 35 miles per hour or more
  • Only 1 resident per household can sign petition
  • Residents signing petition agree to have hump placed in front of their property if necessary
  • Street must not be on ineligible list
  • Streets declared ineligible due to traffic conditions cannot re-apply for 1 year
Traffic Hump Application
  • Fill out the traffic hump application (PDF)
  • Requests will only be received twice per year (October 1 to October 31 and April 1 to April 30)
  • Written requests must be submitted by 3 residents of the affected street
  • Upon receipt of the application, the Public Works Director will make preliminary determination as to whether the street is eligible for consideration under established requirements
  • If the street is determined not to be eligible, the applicant will be notified, in writing, by the Public Works Director stating the reason for denial; the Public Works Director’s decision is final
  • If the street to determined to be eligible, the Public Works Director will arrange a meeting with the applicant and affected residents of the street to define the petition areas and approximate locations of traffic humps
Speed Hump