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Traffic got you pulling your hair out? Us too! 

Check out the ways we are working to ease your drive. ​

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New products and practices already in place include:

  • Traffic control fees to reduce impacts to the public - Fees to encourage expedited and efficient use of lane, sidewalk, and road closures to help minimize the impact to the traveling public.
  • In-pavement solar lights - Used to enhance the safety of the "S" curves on Quebec Street north of 138th Avenue, the city installed solar powered in-pavement lights on the curves to help illuminate the path for vehicles.
  • Roundabouts - A specific type of circular intersection designed to reduce vehicle conflicts and control speeds. Roundabouts result in fewer collisions than standard intersections.
  • Flashing yellow arrow deployment - Used to reinforce the requirement for left turning traffic to yield to oncoming traffic at a traffic signal. The configurtation of the flashing yellow arrow signals also allows for switching to left turn on green arrows-only during certain times of the day to further enhance safety.
  • Decorative crosswalk markings - Highly visible decorative pattern crosswalks are used to improve driver awareness, pedestrian safety, and street aesthetics. In general, high visibility crosswalk markings are strongly preferred over decorative markings because they are easier for motorists to see.

Traffic Counts

A traffic count is a count of vehicular or pedestrian traffic, which is conducted along a particular road, path, or intersection. A traffic count is commonly undertaken either automatically (with the installation of a temporary or permanent electronic traffic recording device), or manually by observers who visually count and record traffic on a hand-held electronic device or tally sheet. Traffic counts can be used by local councils to identify which routes are used most, and to either improve that road or provide an alternative if there is an excessive amount of traffic. Also, some geography fieldwork involves a traffic count. Traffic counts provide the source data used to calculate the Annual Average Daily Traffic, which is the common indicator used to represent traffic volume. Traffic counts are useful for comparing two or more roads, and can also be used alongside other methods to find out where the central business district of a settlement is located. Traffic counts that include speeds are used in speed limit enforcement efforts, highlighting peak speeding periods to optimize speed camera use and educational efforts (Wikipedia contributors. (2019, October 20). Traffic count. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:49, February 11, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_count.

24-Hour Traffic Count Map

Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) 

Not everyone is lucky to have a six minute commute, which is why we work with the DRCOG to reduce traffic congestion on major roadways in the metro area. Visit DRCOG's Traffic Operations Program website to learn more about the following:

  • Traffic Signal System Improvement Program:
    • A capital improvements program that provides equipment and installs communication links to improve overall system capabilities.
    • A traffic signal timing improvement program, which provides new traffic signal timing and coordination plans to demonstrate the benefits of the improvements.
  • Regional Benefits of Completed Projects by year:
    • Annual Benefits Summary of Projects
    • Signal Timing Briefs


Upcoming Improvement Projects
24-Hour Traffic Count Map
Policies and Plans
Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)