The Traffic Operations Section consists of five full-time and up to seven temporary employees. Staff ensures the proper installation, operation, and maintenance of all traffic control devices which include traffic street signs, street pavement markings (striping), traffic signals, and street lights in the City. The City adheres to Federal and State traffic standards, regulations, and guidelines.
Office: 1450 W 550 N
- The Traffic Operations Section ensures the proper installation, operation, and maintenance of all traffic control devices.
- Traffic Signals
- The Traffic Operations staff maintains 13,261 traffic and street address signs. In 2019, 375 new traffic and street signs were installed.
- Any kind of traffic or street sign is considered city property. Please report any signs missing or being vandalized.
- Traffic Operations staff repaints crosswalks, stop bars, red curbs, City parking lots, islands, and medians. In addition, the City paints some of the of the center and lane lines on City-owned local streets. Staff also repaints after the completion of maintenance activities, including overlays, micro surfacing, and/or slurry seal projects.
The City contracts with a contractor to restripe major City-owned collector and arterial streets. Staff oversees and maintains 285 miles of lane line striping, 112 miles of red curb, 227 crosswalks, 62 school crosswalks, and many turn arrows and other pavement messages.
Each year, staff uses about 3,700 gallons of yellow traffic paint, 4,500 gallons of white traffic paint, 800 gallons of red traffic paint, and 100 gallons of blue traffic paint. Thermoplastic heat tape is also installed at high vehicular volume street and intersections for crosswalks, stop bars, turn arrows, school crosswalks, and school messages on newly resurfaced collector or arterial streets.
- The amount of white traffic paint that is used each year increases as we add more bike lanes to the transportation system on collector and arterial streets. The new bike lanes are added when these types of streets are resurfaced. This year, 4 miles of striped bike lanes were added in Orem.
The Traffic Operations staff maintains 13,261 traffic and street address signs. In 2019, 375 new traffic and street signs were installed. Many wayfinding signs were made for other departments as well. In addition, several “Welcome to Orem Centennial Signs” were installed throughout the City. The section is responsible to clear, trim, or have the property owner remove view obstructions of City traffic control devices.
Section staff will look for and review sight distance violations caused by vegetation growth, fences, or other obstructions of City intersections. Staff maintains a number of specialty signs located throughout the City, including reduced speed school signs and flashing lights (58), solar powered blinking stop or warning signs (15), stop signs with flashing beacons (6), yellow flashing pedestrian crossing signs (2), rectangular rapid flashing beacon pedestrian crossing signs (3), portable variable message signs (4), and radar driver feedback (“Your Speed Is”) signs (8).
- Traffic Operations staff repaints 227 crosswalks, 62 school crosswalks, and many turn arrows and other pavement messages. Contact us if you feel the need for more crosswalks in your school zones.