It is the duty of the Public Works Department to provide and maintain efficient roadway systems with safety as our primary consideration, by:
- Responding rapidly and effectively to the transportation maintenance needs throughout the City.
- Integrating technology, materials, labor and information to maximize roadway safety and efficient traffic flow.
- Supporting City administration in areas where we are uniquely qualified by our skill, knowledge, and equipment.
- Encouraging the professional and personal development of employees to enhance the quality of work life and maximize employee contributions and satisfaction.
- Earning the confidence and respect of road users by sound engineering practices and established engineering standards.
Services We Provide
Installation and maintenance of regulatory (stop, speed limit), guide (street name), warning (stop ahead, no outlet), and construction (detour, workers) signs. Signs are replaced when damaged or faded, posts straightened when needed and brush and limbs trimmed back for visibility. Report damaged, missing and faded signs to Street Division (801) 483-6045.
Requests for new street light installations, new developments, tree trimming, etc. are handled by this division.
Traffic signals within the City are monitored for optimum operation and capacity, reducing traffic travel time delay. Maintenance is done by Salt Lake County. Report malfunctions to the Traffic Division (562-6418)
Street striping such as stop bars, red curbs and crosswalks, as well as lane lines on city streets are maintained (and old ones removed ) by this division.
School Zone Flashers
Operation of school zone flashers within the City are maintained by this division, including keeping them operational as well as trimming back brush and limbs to maintain visibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Cars drive too fast down my street and there are a lot of kids that live and play here. Can I have a Children At Play sign installed ?
A: The City does install Children at Play signs however they are not regulatory signs which CANNOT be enforced. Other measures can be taken such as checking Speed Limit signs for proper location, or in some cases a study is conducted to determine if there is in fact a speeding problem. If a problem is found, the police department is notified and requested to enforce the speed limit at the location and the City's Engineer will determine if any additional traffic control devices are needed.
Q: Cars drive too fast down my street. Can a stop sign be installed to slow traffic?
A: No. The purpose of a stop sign is right-of-way assignment, not speed control. Certain warrants have to be met before a stop sign is installed. Engineering studies have shown that unwarranted stop signs contribute to speeding, because the driver tries to make up for time lost due to stopping. Other measures (as mentioned above) can be taken to correct a speeding problem.
Q: How do I request a street light on my street?
A: Call the division or write a letter. An inspection will be done at the location and need determined. Sometimes trimming a tree or upgrading the wattage on an existing street light will light the area enough that a new light is not necessary. In cases where it is found a light is needed, the City contacts Utah Power for and estimate, the funding is applied for approval and then the light is installed
Q: There is a tree/bush, etc. at a certain location which blocks my view of a sign or of on-coming traffic. Can you cut or trim it?
A: If the tree/bush, etc. is on city right of way, we can trim it. This division trims the smaller trees and contacts a Contractor for larger trees. Sight obstructions on private property are the property owner's responsibility, and the city will contact the owner to do the trimming.
Tips To Help You Drive Safely
- Background noises can significantly distort sound and interfere with your driving. A turn signal left on because you don't hear it can cause a crash.
- Have your hearing checked regularly
- Turn off the radio
- Keep the air conditioner or heater fan on the lowest setting to reduce background noise
- Buy a device that amplifies the sound of your turn signals
- Being able to see road signs and signals, other vehicles, and pedestrians is affected by more than just visual acuity.
- Have your vision checked annually
- Avoid driving at night
- Clean the inside and outside of windshield and windows
- Clean headlight and mirrors
- Give your eyes a few minutes to adjust to changes in light and dark. Use this time to fasten seat belt and adjust mirrors
- If you can't see over the steering wheel, sit on a cushion or a pillow. Make sure you can still reach the gas and brake pedals.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
South Salt Lake is a "Pedestrian Friendly" city with the Jordan Parkway Trail running through. Here are some tips to use when walking/bike riding:
Watch all cars carefully. Many drivers are too busy watching other motorists to notice pedestrian activity.
Make Yourself Visible and Noticeable
Wear bright colored clothing during the day and wear white or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight while walking at night.
Watch Where You Walk
Walk on the left side of the street, facing oncoming traffic. Make certain eye contact is made with the driver before crossing in front of a waiting car. Never step into the road from behind a parked car or other obstacle.
Cross the Street With A Group
A group is easier to see than just one person.
Cross the Street At A Crosswalk
When waiting to cross a street, wait on the curb for the WALK signal to come on. If there is a signal button, push it to activate the pedestrian crosswalk signal. Make no attempt to cross the street when the DON'T WALK sign is illuminated. Once the WALK signal appears, cross the road quickly, keeping your attention on the traffic around you. Watch for turning cars.
If the flashing DONT WALK signal comes on while you are crossing the street, do not panic. This is only a warning that the light will be changing but there is still enough time to finish crossing in a safe manner. DO NOT attempt to start crossing the street from the curb if the signal is flashing, for there is not enough time to cross safely.
Do Not Be Deceived
Do no overestimate your ability to reach your destination in a safe manner. Plan ahead for your route to include as many crosswalk locations as possible. Many busy intersections have pedestrian crossing signals which make crossing a street safer if they are used properly.