The City of Salisbury Traffic Operations Division is responsible for neighborhood traffic studies, traffic control requests and review of speed limits and on-street parking.
Requesting Speed Limit Modifications
The City-wide speed limit is 35 mph unless otherwise posted. Speed limit modifications can be requested through the Traffic Engineering unit of the Traffic Operations Division. Neighborhood speed limits may be requested as low as 25 mph. For a neighborhood speed limit modification, a petition must be submitted with over 50% support of property owners along the street(s) to be modified. The petition must be generated by the Traffic Operations Division, and can be obtained by calling the City’s Traffic Engineer. Once complete, the petition will be validated and scheduled for presentation to City Council.
Speed limit modification requests on other streets are reviewed by the Traffic Engineer. Studies are performed to determine the appropriate posted speed limit. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has approval authority for requests involving a street on the state highway system.
On-Street Parking Modifications
On-street parking modifications are also the responsibility of the Traffic Engineering unit of the Traffic Operations Division. Parking modifications are requested by contacting the City's Traffic Engineer. Each request is reviewed for feasibility and safety, and requires a petition signed by over 50% of the property owners along the affected block(s). The petition must be generated by the Traffic Operations Division. Once complete, the petition will be validated and scheduled for presentation to City Council.
Neighborhood Traffic Calming
Traffic calming means many things to different people. To some, traffic calming is defined by speed limit reductions, to some it is the installation of traffic control devices or traffic circles and to others traffic calming is an attempt to reduce traffic volume and the negative impact that large volumes of traffic can have on residential neighborhoods. Each of these perspectives may correctly define traffic calming. In the most basic terms, traffic calming is a programmatic response to inappropriate speeds or volumes on residential streets.
The Traffic Engineering section of the Traffic Operations Division maintains a “Neighborhood Traffic Calming Study List”. When requests for traffic calming are received, a site investigation is completed and baseline data is collected. The neighborhood is ranked with other streets within the City of Salisbury based on volume, speed, roadway type, etc. This list is used to identify traffic calming needs if funding becomes available.