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Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation

Welcome to the City of Longmont's Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Webpage! If you're reading this information, it is probably because you are concerned about the traffic in your neighborhood. You aren't alone. Traffic in residential areas is a major concern throughout Longmont, as well as in most other communities across the nation. This program has been developed in an effort to help citizens work with the City to implement procedures to reduce the impacts of traffic.

Solving neighborhood traffic issues is not as easy as it may seem. There are a variety of different perspectives and concerns that make implementing solutions challenging. Traffic safety, emergency vehicle response, traffic diversion, bicycling, parking and pedestrian safety are just some of the many issues that need to be taken into consideration when designing and implementing a plan for neighborhood traffic mitigation.

The Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program that follows is available in PDF file format. Please access the following web page to view these file types.

With this in mind, the City of Longmont Traffic Mitigation Program Part 1 (*pdf 1,906 kb - Please note file size. If your computer uses a dial up modem, it could take up to 15 minutes to download this document.) City of Longmont Traffic Mitigation Program Part 2 (*pdf 2,035 kb - Please note file size. If your computer uses a dial up modem, it could take up to 20 minutes to download this document.) was developed by City Staff in collaboration with a working citizen committee.

Also included is the Collector Street Ranking that utilizes objective criteria for identifying neighborhoods on the collector street network that the City will identify and work with through the City-initiated program process. The City's Transportation Advisory Board and City Council reviewed and commented on the plan throughout its development.

Due to the growing concerns over traffic, City Council adopted the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program in November 2006. It is the mechanism by which residents can be involved in mitigating traffic problems in their own neighborhoods.

Level 1 - Can be initiated by any citizen and includes non-invasive traffic mitigation tools such as "Slow Down in Our Neighborhood" lawn signs, directed police patrols, citizen initiated neighborhood radar patrols, radar speed trailers, and speed limit signs where applicable. Level 1 may include more invasive strategies like turning prohibitions, parking modifications, street striping, and conversion of two-way streets to one-way streets.

Level 2 - Level 2 strategies include physical design modifications to the street and may include traffic circles, speed humps, and medians, etc.

Traffic circles may be used to a greater degree to address speeding in neighborhoods. Many residents find them confusing and difficult to negotiate. Keep in mind that the rules for negotiating an intersection with a traffic circle are different than that of unsignalized intersections without traffic circles. For this reason, City staff produced the Traffic Circles 101 Brochure. If you have any questions about how to drive through traffic circles, please refer to this brochure.

Both Level 1 and Level 2 permanent applications may require petitions and/or votes.

Since the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program's inception, there are a number of neighborhood projects that City staff and residents have collaboratively created. Many of the projects are in various stages of approval and are ready to be voted on, have been voted on and approved by the residents, or have already been installed on a temporary trial basis.

Should you be interested in implementing the traffic mitigation program process for your neighborhood, please feel free to contact Tyler Stamey, Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program Coordinator at (303) 651-8737 or e-mail for any questions that you may have. The City looks forward to working with you to improve the quality of life in your neighborhood!

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Updated 2/8/12