Traffic Operations

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

Traffic Operations is responsible for the installation, operations, and maintenance of all traffic control devices in the public right of way in the city.

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 radar units next to the road to count the number of cars and sometimes speed and number of trucks.

For more information on these programs, contact Traffic Operations at (970) 962-2535.

Traffic Maps

State Maps & Data (Colorado Department of Transportation)


School Zone Times 

Flashing school zones in the City of Loveland reduce the speed limit to 20-mph while the flashing yellow beacons are operating. Please slow down while driving through these zones and look out for school children crossing the street! Please contact the Traffic Division at (970) 962-2535 with questions. 

 Loveland School Flasher Time Schedule [PDF]

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.”

However, compliance with the law is low, with fewer than one out of five drivers yielding to pedestrians who step into a marked crosswalk.

In an effort to increase compliance, the City has installed devices called Rectangular Rapid-Flash Beacons (RRFBs) in ten locations around the city. These yellow, flashing LED lights are activated by pedestrians at the push of a button, alerting motorists with attention-demanding light and color.

Federal Highway Administration safety studies show that the rate at which drivers yield climbed from only 17 percent from a painted crosswalk, to a safer 81 percent where RRFBs are installed.

In other words, four out of five drivers yield to crossing pedestrians at the beacons. In our efforts to achieve 100% compliance, there is still more work to be done:

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, and look both ways before crossing. Do not assume pushing the button that starts the flashers will automatically stop traffic flow. 


 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, arterial 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:

  • 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.

For addition information, please contact the Traffic Division at 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 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.

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