maintains traffic signals, pedestrian crossing signals, and flashing lights at school crossings throughout the city;
maintains the decorative City-owned street lights; and
installs and maintains the communication systems in City-owned vehicles.
Although most street lights around the city are owned and maintained by NorthWestern Energy, the Traffic Signal & Communication Shop maintains the decorative street lights around Missoula, such as those downtown.
To report a burned out street light, call NorthWestern Energy at 1-888-467-2669, or use their online form.
The State of Montana Department of Transportation owns and regulates most of the traffic signals in the Missoula area, and the Signal & Communications Shop is contracted to maintain the signals. Currently, there are 63 signals in our area. We also maintain 23 school crossings with amber flashing lights.
Each traffic signal is different in its own way. It is engineered for its unique environment and utilizes new technologies as they are developed. Some differences in design are simply matters of choice from the engineers. We have many different signal designs in Missoula because many engineers were involved over the years and technology has changed along the way.