Traffic Signals and Street Signs

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The City’s Street Maintenance division maintains traffic signals and street signs. The traffic signals are designed, constructed and operated to allow for safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians through heavily traveled or hazardous locations. Nearly all of the traffic signals in Gardner are triggered by detection loops within the pavement. The loops sense the presence of a vehicle and notify the signal that a car is at the intersection. Many of the signals along major streets have timing patterns that change throughout the day and on different days of the week to provide optimal traffic flow. Problems occasionally develop because of failure of the electronic components in the signals, power fluctuations, light bulb burn-outs or damage. Common problems are for the red, green or yellow light to be out, flashing or stuck.

Traffic signal problems can be reported in two ways, depending on the time of day:
  1.  Submit a Service Request
  2. Contact our Public Works Department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 913.856.0914. During non-business hours, call the After Hours service at 913.856.6802.
The city has more than 5,000 traffic and street name signs. These signs are grouped into three categories:
  • Regulatory: speed, stop or yield signs
  • Warning: diamond-shaped with a yellow background, such as "curve ahead"
  • Guide: usually have green or brown backgrounds that help motorists navigate through unfamiliar areas
Missing or damaged STOP or YIELD signs are considered urgent and can be reported in two ways:
  1. Contact our Public Works Department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 913.856.0914..
  2. During non-business hours, call the After Hours service at 913.856.6802.
Non-urgent sign problems can be reported in two ways:
  1. Submit a Service Request
  2. Contact our Public Works Department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 913.856.0914. A message can be left during nights or weekends.