Engineering & Infrastructure
John MillerAssociate Director of Engineeringjohnmiller@slco.org(385) 468-6614
Dan DrumilerEngineering Project Managerddrumiler@slco.org(385) 468-6640Steve BurgonStormwater Program Supervisorsburgon@slco.org(385) 468-6645
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Traffic calming is the philosophy of making roads and sidewalks safer by reducing the speed of traffic, creating barriers for cyclists and pedestrians, and creating more walkable communities.
Speeding occurs throughout Salt Lake County compromising neighborhood livability, creating noise and air pollution, causing difficulties for pedestrians and neighborhoods and most importantly jeopardizing the safety of children.
Traffic Calming is the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized street users. The purpose of traffic calming is to reduce the speed and volume of traffic along a roadway to acceptable levels.
Salt Lake County Residents need to take responsibility for the quality of life issues in their own neighborhoods. One of the best forms of traffic calming is resident awareness. Studies have shown that the majority of the "speeders" in a neighborhood are adjacent property owners. If the neighbors make a concerted effort to slow down not only in their areas, but elsewhere, the majority of the neighborhood speeding problems could be solved.
Many residents have asked what they can do to reduce the speeding problem without the use of speed humps. Some of the methods used to reduce speeds in your neighborhood follow:
1. Talk to neighbors, make them aware of the speed problem.
2. Make sure no one in your house and your visitors are not part of the problem.
3. Work with your Community Council to develop a community-wide awareness program.
4. Ask the Sheriff's representative at the Community Council to increase enforcement of your roadway or set up speed trailers.
5. Use your front yard. Studies have shown that increased activity near the roadway, slows traffic.
6. Use your creativity to make your neighborhood slow down (avoid illegal techniques).
1. Request the County to analyze a street for traffic calming which will place them on a priority list based on speed, number of vehicles on the road, and pedestrian generators (schools, parks, etc). The higher the project is on the priority list the sooner the project can be completed when funds are available. A surcharge on motor vehicle moving violations provides annual funding.
2. Create a Local Improvement District (LID) where the residents pay for traffic calming and the county installs it.