Traffic Calming

Safety, livability, and quality of life are three characteristics that the City of Springfield strives to enhance for its citizens. Traffic conditions can notably affect this progression. Speeding vehicles, cut-through traffic, and associated noise and litter are detrimental to the attributes of an exceptional community. One measure of slowing vehicles is through the implementation of traffic calming features. This is a traffic engineering technique used to reduce vehicular speeds and volumes. 

Click to see the City’s Draft Traffic Calming Policy.

  1. Speeding Problems
  2. Education and Enforcement
  3. Slowing Traffic by Design
  4. What YOU can do
  5. Drive 25 Program

How to slow traffic down - Traffic Calming

Most drivers are reasonable and will "drive to conditions". If the road is wide and unobstructed, motorists will often travel slightly faster than the speed limit - but they will also slow down if a slower pace is required for safe passage.  Sometimes, commuters on their daily routes will go into "auto pilot" and not notice that they are driving too fast or they get too comfortable with  traffic conditions. This group of drivers often benefits from electronic speed feedback boards. You can read more about radar speed boards on the Enforcement and Education tab. 

Then there are also careless and imprudent drivers, who are well aware of the speed limit, but choose to drive faster than appropriate or safe. This type of drivers can only be addressed by either increased enforcement and/or improvement projects that change the horizontal or vertical alignment of the street. You can read more about Slowing Traffic by Design on the next tabs or you may request enforcement though the Citizen Resource Center at 417-864-1010.