How do I get a traffic signal installed?
Traffic signals assign the right-of-way to various traffic movements within an intersection. Before installing a traffic signal at an intersection, established minimum warrants must be satisfied. Athens-Clarke County complies to the warrants set by The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), which is published by The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Traffic and pedestrian volumes, accident history, and/or unusual conditions must be satisfied or present at the intersection before a traffic signal may be considered. Once the signal is under consideration the installation must first be approved by The Mayor and Commission and funding be in place.

Unwarranted or inappropriately placed signals can:

* Increase overall travel times by adding stops and delay for through traffic.
* Cause the diversion of traffic onto residential streets to avoid the signal.
* Cause a significant increase in rear-end collisions.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUT

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1. How do I get a traffic signal installed?
2. Will a traffic signal reduce crashes at our intersection?
3. How do I get a stop sign installed? (Includes additional signs at existing 2-way stops)
4. Why do I have to wait so long at a traffic signal?
5. So how does Athens-Clarke County time its traffic signals?
6. How do I report a missing or damaged street sign?
7. How can I get my curb painted yellow?
8. What about installing Children at Play signs?
9. Wouldn't additional speed limit signs help to slow traffic?
10. Who maintains traffic signals in Athens Clarke County?
11. Who maintains Flashing School Zone Lights?
12. How do signals for pedestrians work?
13. Is it possible for two conflicting directions of traffic at a signalized intersection to receive green lights at the same time?
14. What happens to Athens Clarke County traffic signals when they lose power?
15. Why does a traffic signal change for no reason when vehicles are not present?
16. What are the cameras at traffic signals for?
17. How much does a traffic signal cost?
18. How do I report a damaged or malfunctioning traffic signal?