Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

Traffic Calming Programs

Code: TE-8440.8450

Programs that are responsible for implementing measures that are designed to reduce traffic speed and/or control the volume of traffic, particularly in residential neighborhoods, downtown areas and near schools, in the interests of safety and general livability. Included are operational measures such as enhanced police enforcement, speed displays and community speed watch programs; and physical measures such as barriers, speed bumps, raised crosswalks, curb extensions, center islands, traffic circles and roundabouts which slow traffic or encourage use of alternative routes. In jurisdictions where resident approval is required for the installation (or removal) of speed bumps or other devices, the program processes requests, determines whether the street in question is eligible given the jurisdiction’s criteria and, depending on whether residents approve the proposal (generally by signing a petition circulated by proponents) and money is available in the budget for the project, installs (or removes) the devices.

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