Transportation Engineering Division
Our Division is responsible for promoting the safe movement of people who walk, bike, ride transit or drive throughout the city. This is accomplished through effective transportation planning and data analysis, active transportation management, and construction of public travel ways that are designed using the Complete Streets process.
Our mission also requires partnerships with the community, non-profits, and involved local, state, and federal agencies. Quarterly, the Department meets to coordinate and collaborate with our safety partners at the Safe and Healthy Streets Commission. Together we can make a difference on our neighborhood and community streets.
Our Division maintains and operates over 475 intersections with traffic signals and determines placement and usage of regulatory and warning signage, (such as stop, yield, and speed limit signs), as well as street name signs. Residents and motorists can help by reporting problems with traffic signal equipment or signs to the City's Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or on-line at RVA311
Our Division works with citizens, developers, and contractors to assist in planning of new subdivisions, location of driveways, and design of road improvements, as well as working jointly with communities to develop solutions to transportation safety issues.
Click here to learn more about our Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons and how to use them.
Our Division promotes transportation safety in a manner that supports neighborhood/business area livability and viability. The neighborhood traffic calming program seeks to reduce the negative impacts of traffic in neighborhoods by managing traffic speeds in place. Working with the Richmond Police Department, the Richmond Fire Department, and the community is critical to achieving a balanced approach between education, enforcement, emergency response, and engineering when addressing concerns, The City has an active traffic calming program – pedestrian safety curb extensions, neighborhood traffic calming circles, speed tables, splitters, and raised crosswalks are the more common calming techniques promoted in the City.
Our Division has a comprehensive pedestrian safety program. To promote pedestrian safety, a variety of measures are used including:
- High visibility crosswalks at signalized intersections;
- Accessible ramps for all users;
- Pedestrian crossing times adequate for all users; and
- Pedestrian countdown signals and
The Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) represents a commitment by the Department of Public Works (Department) with its parnters to promote and maintain the safety and livability of the City's neighborhoods. Speeding and unsafe driving practices have become an increasing concern for many of the City's residents as well as for the government agencies responsible for promoting public safety. The Department receives more than 1,000 requests every year.
The City is committed to improving the safety of the roadway network using various strategies found in the Vision Zero Action Plan including speed management. The Vision Zero goal is to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on City streets by 2030, while increasing safe, healthy, and equitable access for all. Vision Zero starts with the ethical belief that everyone has the right to move sagely within the transportation system and that designers and policymakers share the responsibility of ensuring safe systems.
Our Division is responsible for the installation of bicycle infrastructure such as shared use paths, protected or separated bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, shared lane markings (sharrows), bike share stations, and bike racks. Check out our Bike/Walk/Ride page for additional information.
City of Richmond Transportation Resources:
- Turning Movements at Selected Traffic Signals
- Richmond Daily Traffic Volume Estimates(VDOT)
- Richmond Strategic Multi-Modal Transportation Plan
- Road Function Classification
- Traffic Volume (ADT)(VDOT)
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
- Code of Virginia
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
- Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
- Virginia Department of Transportation (Home page)
- Virginia Department of Transportation - Roundabouts
- Driving Roundabouts (VDOT)
- Virginia Department of Transportation – Traffic Engineering Division
Q: I need a hauling, moving or oversized load permit. How do I apply for one?
Permits will be emailed back to the email address provided by the applicant.
Completed applications may be printed and sent with your payment of $25 to the following address:
Department of Public Works
900 East Broad Street, Room 600
Richmond, VA 23219
Q: I would like to close a street to hold a special event. What do I need to do?
A: Richmond Police Department handles the street closing requests. Call (804) 646-1343 for more information.
Stop for Pedestrian In-Street Sign
Installations at 55 High Incident Locations Across the City
~ Part of Vision Zero plans to improve roadway safety for people who walk ~
The sign installations are part of the City’s third phase of systemic pedestrian safety improvements. The installations on one-way streets will complement a new double white centerline lane striping pattern. These new markings are intended to reduce the likelihood of motorists changing lanes on the approach to these intersections where vehicles are stopped and pedestrians may be crossing the street.
The in-street signs create a concrete visual to educate, bring awareness to pedestrian safety and draw attention to the need to stop for pedestrians. Additionally, they provide motorists with a warning and regulatory function and reflect the recent change in Virginia state law requiring motorists to stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks on streets with a posted speed limit of 35MPH and below. Combined with another recent state law which increases the penalties for drivers who injure people who walk or bike on city streets, city planners and engineers encourage a citywide cultural shift to foster a person-centered approach to mobility. This shift includes stopping for people crossing the street.
Additional roadway safety initiatives in this phase include marking crosswalks at more than 150 intersections, installing new crosswalks, corner clearance markings, installing larger stop signs, and Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons. Much of the $1.54 million in funding for this phase was secured with our partners at the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration through grants received from the Highway Safety Improvement Program with minimal funding incurred by the city.
Over the past several years, DPW has invested $5.8 million of funding into pedestrian safety improvements at over 450 signalized intersections through high visibility crosswalks, accessible ramps, signal timings, and pedestrian countdown signals with an additional $2.9 million in safety improvements nearly ready for deployment