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Traffic Calming & Safety

Traffic calming uses design and signage to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The City of Saint Paul has implemented several creative projects implementing traffic calming, including:

  • pavement painting and markings
  • bump outs at intersections
  • speed bumps
  • traffic circles
  • visual speed limit monitoring
  • pedestrian refuges in the middle of wider streets

Traffic Calming example - Paint the Pavement

Paint the Pavement

Traffic Calming example - Bump Out

Bump Out

Traffic Calming example - Pedestrian Refuge

Pedestrian Refuge

Traffic Calming example - Speed Limit Monitor

Speed Limit Monitor


Traffic Calming example - Traffic Circle

Traffic Circle

Traffic calming is generally installed as part of larger improvement projects but may also be considered to address specific safety problems on a case by case basis.

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Traffic Signals

There are over 375 signalized intersections in Saint Paul. Traffic signals are designed to ensure the safe and efficient movement of roadway traffic and pedestrians. Signal equipment and operation will vary from intersection to intersection depending on need.

Primary types include pre-timed signals that operate based on well established and predictable traffic patterns or signals which detect traffic approach and operate based on current conditions. In many cases multiple traffic signals are linked together and operate in a coordinated manner to enhance safe and efficient movement along a particular route or within a given area.

Traffic Signal Repairs

To report a signal malfunction or other needed repairs to traffic signals, street lights or traffic signs please call 651-266-9777. For after hours emergencies such as a traffic signal not operating or traffic signal knocked down please call 651-266 -9700.

Pedestrian Crossing Timing & Buttons Pedestrian Crossings are an important part of the city's traffic signal system. Most traffic signals in the city include pedestrian walk signalization. There are a variety of methods used to ensure safe pedestrian crossing at signalized intersections.

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Computerized traffic control and information systems are used to control and coordinate many traffic signals in the city. View more information regarding Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Play Gridlock Buster

Gridlock Buster is an online traffic control game based on tools and methods that actual traffic control engineers use in their everyday work. It's a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of what is involved in traffic management for Saint Paul.

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Speed Limits

More Information about Citywide Speed Limit Evalution

As of August 1, 2019, Minnesota cities have the authority to set speed limits on streets they own. Any speed limit change must be based on a safety, engineering and traffic analysis. County and state roads are not included in this authority.

Slower speeds on our streets make travel safer for everyone no matter how they get around. Lower traffic speeds reduce the likelihood of a crash and make a crash less likely to lead to death or a life-changing injury. In early 2020, Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Works each completed detailed technical analysis and studies to determine appropriate speed limits for their respective city-owned streets. Both cities began installing new lower speed limit signs in March 2020, and the new "gateway" signs at the entrances to the cities in October 2020. The citywide speed limit on city-owned streets in Minneapolis and Saint Paul is 20 mph, unless otherwise posted.

Last Edited: February 23, 2021