The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program (NTCP) approved by City Council in 2001, provides an avenue for citizens to work with the Transportation Services Department to continually improve the quality of life in Round Rock neighborhoods. Residents participate within their own neighborhoods and in conjunction with City staff to become actively involved in finding solutions and making decisions about traffic-related issues. The program was designed to effectively manage traffic issues by identifying and addressing problems related to speeding motorists, excessive traffic volumes and overall concern for safety on City streets.
What types of streets are candidates and why would there be a need for a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program?
- At least 15 percent of the vehicles traveling 5 mph or more above the posted speed limit
- Only two lanes of traffic
- Traffic Volume greater than 250 but not more than 6,000 vehicles per day
If you feel that there is a speeding issue on a local street or any traffic concern that may put at risk the safety of your neighbors within your community, then you may have reason to pursue and benefit from the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program.
What does Traffic Calming involve?
When a concern is brought to our attention, we conduct the appropriate study to distinguish the actual problem that occurs on the particular roadway (this process may take 2-3 weeks). Once we receive the data, it is then evaluated and taken into the following stages of action:
Upon the results of the data collected, our office reviews the information with Local Law Enforcement to enforce the particular traffic issue. For example, if the data reflects a high volume of speeding, then some common enforcement activities would include, but not be limited to:
- Installation of a speed trailer
- Traffic citations
- Police visibility
When a street is determined to have a speeding problem or a traffic related issue, City staff initiates one-on-one educational sessions with those in the community that are interested in learning and understanding the traffic issues that pertain to their local community. We also work closely with Home Owner Associations (HOA's) in order to communicate to a larger network of citizens within a community. If the City's educational effort does not positively affect the speeding problem or traffic related issue, the City will increase law enforcement efforts in the area for a period of time (1-3 months). In addition, if the law enforcement efforts do not positively affect the traffic issues, then our department conducts a three-month program to educate neighborhood residents and other groups about the dangers of the situation to encourage voluntary compliance with appropriate speed limits. The education effort will provide information on the speeding problem and safety issues. Only in extreme traffic related issues where educational efforts such as those previously mentioned show no effect to the traffic issue, Transportation Services will work on possible engineering solutions.
- Engineering solutions
Once the educational phase is completed, Transportation Services works closely with the neighbors in order to provide engineering solutions that may assist in calming the traffic issues. Such solutions may include, but not be limited to:
- the installation of regulatory signs by ordinance (i.e., No Parking, Posted Speed Limit)
- advisory signs (i.e., Intersection ahead, Speed Limit for Curve)
- non-regulatory signs (i.e., No Outlet, Children at Play, Deaf/Blind Child Area)
- striping for crosswalks, stop bars, center lines or lane dividers
- replacement or repair of signage; and clearing vegetation that obstruct signs
I think my neighborhood has a traffic problem. How do I learn more about Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program?
If you would like to find out if your street can be considered for The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program or would like additional information, please print out our Traffic Calming Brochure
Make your neighborhood safer with a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program!