Traffic Signals and Signs

Vancouver Public Works crews repairing signal lights on Mill Plain

Traffic Signals

The Department of Public Works operates the traffic signal systems throughout the city of Vancouver including signal timing and coordination, installation of individual traffic signals, video detection and the adaptive signal control system.


NOTICE: Update on signal at NE 112th Avenue and NE Ninth Street intersection:

The traffic signal at Northeast 112th Avenue and Northeast Ninth Street has been successfully repaired and is once again full working and keeping traffic flowing, after City of Vancouver Public Works crews successfully replaced a damaged signal cabinet and all signal wiring.Thank you for your patience. Read the news brief about the signal cabinet, wiring and video detection replacement following the power outage and surge.


 

Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals

In October of 2007, the City of Vancouver debuted a new style of traffic signal. Flashing yellow arrow left-turn signal lights are operational at several Vancouver intersections. The new flashing yellow arrow directs motorists to turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic. The following brochures provides more instructions for motorists when using the new flashing yellow signals and can be viewed in EnglishSpanish or Russian.

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon

In August of 2010, the City of Vancouver installed a new, hybrid type of crosswalk that uses a red signal beacon, and signage to alert drivers to pedestrians. The hybrid pedestrian beacon, sometimes referred to as a HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK), is the first of its kind to be installed in Vancouver at the existing, middle crossing along Fort Vancouver Way, near Clark College.

The new hybrid pedestrian beacon, with its red signals, is expected to command more attention from drivers than traditional yellow-light pedestrian signals. Learn more about pedestrian hybrid crosswalks and how they work by reviewing an educational flyer and instructional video.

Stop Signs

Stop signs are used to control the movement of vehicles at intersections. Stop signs are not recommended for use as traffic calming devices and are not installed solely as an attempt to reduce speeding problems.

When are stop signs installed?
A stop sign is one of our most valuable and effective traffic control devices when used at the right place and under the right conditions. It is intended to help drivers and pedestrians at an intersection determine who has the right-of-way. 

One-way or two-way stop signs are typically used at intersections to stop vehicles on a low-volume side-street before entering a high-volume street. Four-way (or “all-way”) stop signs are installed at locations where side-street users are unduly delayed while trying to enter the main road or where a traffic signal is needed, but not yet funded.

What are the stop sign installation criteria?
Before a stop sign can be installed, an engineering analysis must be conducted. Well-developed, nationally recognized guidelines help to indicate when a stop sign becomes necessary. The following criteria must be carefully considered:

  • Pedestrian crossing volume
  • Traffic volume
  • Reported collision history
  • Road characteristics and conditions
  • Visibility at intersection
  • Speed Limits