Traffic Operations

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105 West Fifth Street
Loveland, CO 80537
Phone: (970) 962-2535

Flashing Yellow Arrows

The City of Loveland and other jurisdictions across the nation have been updating select traffic signals with flashing yellow arrows.

These new traffic signal displays are designated to help drivers understand

  • When they need to stop;
  • When they have the right-of-way; and
  • When they need to yield to oncoming traffic.

When you are turning left and see a flashing yellow arrow, the traffic coming toward you has a green light (the right-of-way) and pedestrians may have a "walk" signal. You must YIELD to these potential conflicts:

  • Oncoming through traffic and bicyclists;
  • Oncoming right turn traffic; and
  • Pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Traffic Counts

Mobile Speed Radar Trailer

Speed Radar Trailer

The Speed Radar Trailer is a public service that tells drivers how fast they are driving in relation to the posted speed. It does not take your picture. It is typically scheduled to a location for a period of one week. 

Summer Traffic Count Program

We place tubes in the road to count the number of cars and sometimes speed and number of trucks.

For more information on these programs, contact the Traffic Division at 970-962-2535.

Traffic Maps

State Maps & Data (Colorado Department of Transportation)

Rectangular Rapid-Flash Beacons (RRFBs)

Colorado law is specific in safeguarding the rigRapid Flashing Beaconhts of pedestrians. Red-and-yellow signs spell it out succinctly for drivers: “STATE LAW – YIELD to pedestrians in crosswalk.”

But compliance rates with the law are lower than low. Fewer than one out of five drivers follow its letter, yielding to pedestrians who step into a marked crosswalk.

That is why Loveland has installed devices called Rectangular Rapid-Flash Beacons (RRFBs) in six locations around the city. The yellow, flashing LED lights are activated by pedestrians at the push of a button, alerting motorists with attention-demanding light and color.

They work. Federal Highway Administration safety studies show that the rate at which drivers yield climbed from only 17 percent to a safer 81 percent.

In other words, four out of five drivers yield to crossing pedestrians at the beacons. That means drivers, and pedestrians and cyclists using the crossings, still have more work to do.

For drivers: Be alert, stop for pedestrians when the beacons flash, and proceed only when the crosswalk is clear.

For pedestrians: Be wary, and wait until all traffic stops before crossing. Do not assume pushing the button that starts the flashers will automatically stop traffic flow.

Three of Loveland’s six RRFBs are at First Street intersections with Boise Avenue, Washington Avenue and Dotsero Drive. Another is on 22nd Street where the Recreation Trail crosses at Mehaffey Park, and two are located at roundabouts on Boyd Lake Avenue north of Eisenhower Boulevard.


 Traffic Calming Program

Click here for Traffic Calming BrochureSlow Down in our Neighborhood yard sign

Click here for Traffic Calming Application

Traffic Calming reduces the negative impacts of traffic on neighborhood streets. We address issues such as:

  • Speeding
  • High traffic volumes
  • Cut-thru traffic
  • Accidents
  • Safety concerns

Streets classified as residential or minor collector quality for this program. Larger streets do not.

How is Traffic Calming Done?

Phase 1
Education alerts people to ways they can help ease traffic problems.
These items are available at no cost to the public.

Education alerts people to ways they can help ease traffic problems.

  • Slow Down yard signs (free, available at 105 W 5th Street)
  • Slow Down in our Town bumper stickers (free, available at 105 W 5th Street or by sending an email)
  • Signs & markings
  • SMART radar trailer—driver awareness without a penalty (available in non-winter months)
    Enforcement - police patrols, as available

Phase 2
Engineering devices that alter the street physically. These can:Temporary speed cushion

  • Reduce speed
  • Decrease number of cars
  • Improve safety

Phase 2 Examples: speed humps, raised crossings and dips. Engineering devices have pros and cons. We will be glad to discuss them with you.
Speed Cushion

For addition information, please contact the Traffic Division at 970-962-2535.

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