Transportation & Mobility Operations

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Transportation & Mobility

FY2023 Budget

Program Budget Overview

Transportation Operations ensures a safe and efficient multli-modal transportation system, including the operation and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure, such as traffic signs, pavement markings, traffic signals, and street lights.


The overarching goal is to maintain and operate the transportation system to enhance safety and efficiency. Operations staff provides response-based, routine and preventative maintenance in compliance with national standards and best practices and provides technical oversight of projects to maintain and enhance the transportation system.


2023 Enhancements include additional budget for continuing to meet the department's base level of service in maintaining pavement markings, as well as additional staff person within the Signals & Lighting subprogram to help maintain the signal system including the identification and replacement of corroded signal poles.

Key activities in 2023 are focused on the Vision Zero Action Plan, implementation of strategic traffic signal technology and maintaining/upgrading traffic signs, pavement markings, and traffic signals as part of asset management and in conjunction with Capital Project efforts.

Signs & Markings

The Signs & Markings program installs and maintains traffic signs and pavement markings across the city’s transportation system.


  • The program provides response-based, routine and preventative maintenance in compliance with national standards and best practices;
  • Provides technical oversight of projects to enhance the transportation system and ensure consistency of signs and markings across the city;
  • Provides oversight of work zone traffic control signs and markings and assist with review of special events.

Sign assets include 33,115 signs of all types, including regulatory, warning, guide, information and other, such as temporary traffic control. Pavement marking assets include nearly 12,000 unique markings totaling approximately 1 million square feet, including lane lines, edge lines, stop bars, crosswalks, bike lanes, bike symbols, green conflict markings, lane arrows, word messages, chevrons, and others.


Performance measures utilized include the number of signs replaced each year to meet the department's goal of replacing all signs after a 20 year lifecycle duration. The 2023 target is to replace 1000 signs each year.

Vision Zero

The Vision Zero's main focus is to review and analyze crash data and conduct crash analyses. Based on crash data trends, crash patterns, and identification of risk factors along the transportation system, this program develops and implements countermeasures and projects focused on reducing serious injury and fatal crashes to work toward the city’s Vision Zero goal – zero serious injuries or fatal crashes.

Traffic Engineering

Traffic Engineering completes traffic engineering studies to review, assess, and evaluate conditions across the transportation system related to such things as:


  • Vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle daily and peak hour volumes;
  • Vehicle speeds, travel times, pedestrian and bicycle crossing activity, and traffic operations.

Traffic Engineering applies analysis and engineering judgment to determine recommended changes to traffic control, pedestrian crossing treatments, speed limits, and other operational concerns related to signs, markings, traffic signals, and street lighting.

Signals & Lighting

Signals & Lighting installs, maintains, and operates the city’s traffic signal system and city-owned street lights.


  • The program provides oversight and coordination related to the operation and maintenance of Xcel Energy owned street lights.
  • Provides response-based, routine and preventative maintenance in compliance with national standards and best practices.
  • Provides technical oversight of projects to enhance transportation system and ensure consistency of signals and lighting across the city.
  • Provides utility location services for underground city signal infrastructure.
  • Periodically reviews signal timing and phasing and implement changes to improve operational efficiency or safety.

Traffic signal and lighting assets include 157 traffic signals, 76 school zone flashers, 20 rectangular rapid-flashing beacon (RRFB) pedestrian crossings, 27 radar speed displays, 5,000 street lights (Xcel Energy and city-owned), and 89 underpass lighting systems.