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Traffic Engineering

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The Engineering Division of Public Works is responsible for the Traffic Engineering duties for the City. Our purpose is to maintain safe and efficient traffic management and circulation and to make enhancements when necessary. Traffic Engineering includes items related to vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, traffic signals, signs, colored curb marking, pavement markings and striping and on-street parking for all City streets. Public Works also works with other City departments to address traffic-related concerns.

Traffic Engineering duties include:

  1. Design and review of plans for traffic signals
  2. Operation, timing and synchronization of traffic signals
  3. Design of roadway striping and pavement markings for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians
  4. Design of traffic control devices for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians (i.e. signs and colored curb markings)
  5. Design and review of traffic control plans needed for construction projects on or affecting City streets
  6. Response to citizen questions related to traffic signals, roadway striping and markings, colored curb markings per Torrance Municipal Code Section 61.6.15, and signs (i.e. STOP, Speed limit; regulatory and warning).
  7. Selection of locations for the City's solar-powered radar speed limit feedback signs to assist with traffic calming.

The Public Works Department implements measures to enhance traffic and neighborhood safety. Staff takes community input and implements appropriate measures to enhance traffic safety and calming all in conformance with State standards. Requests can be submitted by the public by emailing PWTraffic@Torranceca.gov. The following measures are used by the City of Torrance to enhance traffic safety and calming:

  • Radar Speed Feedback Signs: Radar Feedback Signs (RFBS) are traffic calming devices designed to slow speeders down by alerting them of their speed.  Current RFBS locations are shown at the link below.
  • Signs and pavement markings: Traffic signs and pavement markings can help mitigate certain traffic conditions and can be installed if approved by City staff.  Any traffic sign or pavement marking installed by the City must comply with the California Manual on Traffic Control Devices (CAMUTCD). 
  • Coordination with the Police Department for enforcement of traffic laws.

Currently, the City of Torrance does not allow or approve of the installation of speed bumps, speed humps or speed cushions on City streets.  Please see further discussion about this at the following link:

 Traffic Commission

Traffic Maps and City Traffic Studies

Traffic Impact Analysis Reports for Private Developments

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Public Works Department Contact

You may contact our office at (310) 781-6900. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (excluding Holidays), and alternate Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you wish to report an issue with existing signs, pavement markings & striping or curb markings (i.e. missing, damaged, obstructed or faded) or to report a problem with a traffic signal (burned out lights; flashing RED; obstructed from view; etc.), please call our maintenance office at 1 (310) 781-6900 or email PublicWorksInfo@TorranceCA.gov.

If you wish our engineering staff to investigate a request, please email PWTraffic@TorranceCa.gov. Your email must include a justification for the request and also include your name, address, and phone number so City staff may contact you.

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