Traffic Calming

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​​What Options Are There?

​​The City of Phoenix has several options for residents to pursue when it comes to adding traffic calming features to their neighborhoods. If excessive speed is becoming an issue in your neighborhood, explore the following options: 

Speed humps

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Speed humps are asphalt mounds placed on roadways for the purpose of slowing traffic. Speed humps are different than speed cushions, which are commonly seen in parking lots or on private streets. The City of Phoenix only installs speed humps on public streets.​ The process to obtain a speed hump is a resident-driven process with the community's involvement needed to demonstrate support for a permanent infrastructure change; the process is similar for speed cushions. To start the process, click here.


​Speed cushions 

Speed cushions can help control speeding on neighborhood streets, by reducing average speeds. Unlike traditional police enforcement, speed cushions providecontinuous service. They may also

webIMG-1083.jpg​help discourage cut-through traffic by diverting it elsewhere without slowing emergency fire response times.​ The process to obtain a speed cushion is a resident-driven process with the community's involvement needed to demonstrate support for a permanent infrastructure change; the process is 

similar for speed humps. To start the process, click here.


Phoenix police speed number and email address

If speeding or other traffic issues are a concern, you may call 602-534-SPEED or 602-534-7733 to have the concerns addressed, or email traffic.complaints@phoenix.gov. When calling, the City of Phoenix Police Department will assign an officer to handle the traffic issue. During normal business hours the hotline is manned by an officer to receive your comments, complaints or questions. After normal business hours you will reach a message recorder to voice your concern/s. A Phoenix police officer will call you back. This is not an emergency phone number.​

Speed trailer 

When approved and recommended by city staff, a temporary radar trailer can be placed on certain streets for 7 days to monitor and remind drivers of speeds. The trailer can only be deployed for specific issues, and it serves as a good reminder of what the speed limit is. ​​Contact city staff to learn more about this option!​

Things You Should Know

There are three different type of streets within the City of Phoenix. 

  • ​Local residential streets: Streets that typically have no markings, the speed limit is 25 MPH and homes typically surround the street on both sides. Examples: Burgess Lane, Colter Street

  • Collector streets: Streets that are meant for a higher volume of vehicles with a speed limit that can sometimes be higher than 25 MPH. Examples: Osborn Road, 15th Avenue, 12th Street
  • Arterial streets​: Streets that are meant for the highest volume of traffic with a higher speed limit. Examples: Camelback Road, Union Hills Drive, Southern Road

Please notespeed humps and speed cushions are two separate devices that are used on two different type of streets; and, not every street is suited to have traffic calming added to its features. ​​

Additionally, the process to obtain a speed hump or speed cushion is driven by the residents of the neighborhood and can only occur with the community's support during the petitioning process. 

A stop sign is not an option for traffic calming. 

​Who to Contact

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Michael Vellotti, Neighborhood Traffic and Parking Specialist 

Phone: 602-495-5463

Email: michael.vellotti@phoenix.gov​​