The purpose of the City's Traffic Calming Program is to implement traffic calming techniques, when appropriate, in response to neighborhood requests for assistance with residential traffic concerns. Typically, these techniques include installation of one or more devices in the street that make it inconvenient for drivers to drive fast or to use the street as a through way.
The program provides a way for neighborhoods to request assistance in calming traffic on residential neighborhood streets. The City then reviews and evaluates the requests or proposals. Consensus with a majority of the neighborhood is reached about appropriate strategies to address the problems identified, and the selected strategy is implemented by the neighborhood and the City.For more information, view the application packet for the City of Missoula Traffic Calming Program.
Several kinds of devices are available; which is used depends on the specific situation on the street. Customarily, rather than a particular device, residents want a result: slower traffic and less of it, with the consequent improvement in noise levels and safety. Often, residents also want the physical enhancement to their streetscape that some installations can provide.