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 | Signals, Street Lights, Street Painting, and Signs
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Signals, Painting, and Signs

Traffic and Lighting Division

Signal Maintenance The Traffic and Lighting Division has three employees that maintain the City's 120 traffic signals and associated equipment.  Of these signals, 83 are interconnected to the Signal Shop at the City Yard via phone lines, which allow remote monitoring as well as ensuring proper coordination. This section is responsible for the installation and maintenance of specialized equipment in a few intersections for safe access for vision-impaired pedestrians. This section implemented an emergency preemption system that allows emergency vehicles (fire and paramedics) to change the signals remotely to provide for quicker response in emergencies.

Not all signals in Torrance are maintained by the City of Torrance Traffic and Lighting Division.  Click here for a .pdf map that shows the signals and the proper maintenance agency along with contact phone numbers.

Street and Curb Painting 
Four employees maintain the pavement and curb markings on over 540 curb miles of streets and City-owned properties.  This group uses spray painting and thermal plastic coating application machines to apply street markings and legends.

Signs
The Traffic and Lighting Division has two employees that maintain, install, and inspect the 70,000+ traffic signs in the City.  This includes street name signs at over 2,000 intersections, hazard markers, guardrails, and signs in City-owned parking lots. A sign survey is currently underway to create an accurate inventory of every street sign in Torrance.

Pavement Markers
The Traffic and Lighting section is also responsible for the annual replacement and installation of raised pavement markers on selected arterial roadways throughout the City. The markers are scheduled for replacement every three years.

To request repairs of existing signs or to have existing curb painting and roadway striping refreshed, please contact the Public Works Department at 1-310-781-6900 or e-mail the request by clicking here.

For questions or requests for new signs and curb painting or striping; click here for information.


Three Ways to Report a Street Light Outage
1. Street lights in the City of Torrance are owned and maintained by Southern California Edison.  If you are having problems with your street light, call 1-800-611-1911.  

2. On a computer, click here to fill out an Edison form to report a problem.

3. If you are on a mobile device, visit SCE.com and download the Mobile App! You will recieve an order number and will be able to check the status of the repair directly through yor wireless phone.

Be sure to note the address or location, including the closest cross street, pole number, pole type (cement, metal, or wood), color of bulb, and the problem.