Traffic Engineering > Applying For A Traffic Signal
Applying for a new signal
Each year, the city receives many inquiries concerning the installation of traffic signals. Before installing a traffic signal at an intersection, established minimum criteria must be satisfied. Our review includes an examination of:
- The amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
- The need to provide interruption to the major flow for side street vehicles and pedestrians.
- Special conditions such as hills and curves.
- The accident history at the intersection.
- The proximity of schools.
- A written request is recommended to start the evaluation process for considering placement of a traffic signal.
Requests should be mailed to:
City of Las Vegas
400 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
When you submit your request, be sure to include the name of the intersection where you feel placement of a traffic signal would be appropriate and why. Include your daytime telephone number in your correspondence so that we can contact you.
Once the Traffic Engineering Division receives the request, a traffic count is taken. Crews set up equipment to measure how many cars use the road each day. Following the traffic study, Public Works staff will contact you with the results. Keeping pace with traffic activities in one of the fastest growing cities in the country poses challenges for Public Works staff. While it is our aim to provide you with the best service possible, there may be times when we may not respond to your requests as quickly as we’d like to. Please be patient. We will do our best to provide you with a response in as timely a manner as possible
Over the past few years, the city has installed signals at an average rate of 15 per year. These signals are installed using various funding sources, including your gas tax dollars, developer fees, and special assessment fees. A new traffic signal costs in the range of $250,000. Therefore, their installation must be carefully considered.