The Traffic Engineering Section of the Public Works Department facilitates the safe and efficient movement of traffic within the city by applying state-of-the-art traffic and transportation engineering technology and methods.
We strive to optimize the traffic flow on arterial streets; enhance roadway, neighborhood and school zone safety; and improve traffic management citywide.
Through the implementation and maintenance of traffic tools and measures, we are able to improve roadway conditions, maximize intersection operation, heighten driver awareness, and increase public safety. Click here for information about our speed control program.
The City of Elk Grove has completed the Old Town Elk Grove Parking Demand Study that looks at the parking use and needs of the Old Town area. Currently the Public Works Department is conducting additional outreach with the business and property owners in Old Town.
Cities and Counties in California are required to follow the California Vehicle Code (CVC), primarily Sections 22357 and 22358, to establish speed limits within their jurisdictions. The law requires speed limits to be set by ordinance on the basis of an engineering and traffic survey. Following the CVC requirements allows local law enforcement to use radar equipment to enforce the speed limit. In the Spring of 2015, the City conducted speed surveys throughout the city to verify and update current speed limits. In September & October of 2015, the City Council approved the ordinance amending speed limits in the Elk Grove Municipal Code Chapter 10.48 Speed Zones. In December 2015 & January 2016, the Public Works Department replaced the speed limit signs to be consistent with the updated Municipal Code. Below is a Speed Zone Map and Table showing the changes throughout the city.
Traffic Management Center
Staff at the Traffic Management Center monitors live video of major intersections and roadways.
Information gained from monitoring traffic is used to optimize traffic flow by adjusting signal timing. Traffic tools allow us to improve roadway conditions and maximize intersection operations.
Monitoring traffic also allows us to rapidly respond to incidents as they occur.
Intersections are monitored to observe traffic flow and allow real-time signal timing alterations.
Additional Traffic Tools
Roundabouts and Traffic Circles
Roundabouts and traffic circles are becoming a fixture in our community. Many people know what they are, but may not know how to use them. Below are web links to informational videos from other jurisdictions that will help you understand safe movement while using a roundabout.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Engineering Services Division, Traffic Section at 916-478-2256.
Additional Educational Information:
Railroad crossings are monitored for stopped trains and proper train movement.
Traffic signals along major routes are timed to give priority to the traffic flow on the major street. Read more on Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Signal Synchronization in Elk Grove.
Traffic Signal Maintenance
Operations and Maintenance is responsible for traffic signal maintenance at city intersections. To report signal problems please contact (916) 687-3005.
New City standards call for pedestrian countdown displays which have been installed at over 100 intersections, increasing pedestrian safety and understanding.
Neighborhood Traffic Management
The City of Elk Grove wants to ensure our streets and neighborhoods are safe and has adopted a speed control program to allow residents to work with city staff to address speeding in your neighborhood. There are many traffic calming tools to select from that help reduce speeds on neighborhood streets. City staff reviews those tools and helps neighbors select the appropriate calming technique. Read more on the City’s Speed Control Program
The City of Elk Grove’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan was adopted on July, 2004. The master plan provides a blue print for bicycle transportation and recreation in the City of Elk Grove and seeks to enhance and expand the existing bikeway network, connect gaps, address constrained areas and improve intersections, provide for local and regional connectivity, and encourage even more residents to bicycle. Read more on the Elk Grove Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Master Plan.