Some of the most common traffic calming methods used today are built in at the time of roadway construction. Things like extended curbs, roundabouts, center medians and forced turn lanes are all considered traffic calming devices. Anything that forces traffic in one direction or narrows lanes has the potential to slow traffic down. But these choices may not always be the best for traffic flow, even if they do tend to reduce speed.
They’re also most cost-effective if they’re installed at the time of road construction. Unfortunately, unless the need for traffic calming is anticipated, it’s often hard to tell which roads will have problems. Adding certain features after the fact can cost a great deal. Installing driver feedback signs, however, is a much smaller expense that’s more effective and better for the general flow of traffic in most areas.
Cost-Effective MUTCD Traffic Signs
If an area that’s already constructed needs traffic calming measures put into place, the most cost-effective way to achieve slower speeds will typically be driver feedback signs. These signs are designed make drivers aware of the speed they’re traveling. The feedback of this type causes most drivers to slow down even if they’re already driving at or below the speed limit. Most speeders will slow enough to come into compliance with posted speed limits, too.
These signs, like TraffiCalm System’s Full Matrix Driver Feedback Signs, don’t provide a physical barrier that forces traffic to slow. But the signs have been shown in study after study to reduce traffic speeds and accident rates. They also won’t interfere with emergency vehicles in the way that physical impediments like speed bumps and narrowed lanes do.
TraffiCalm’s signs are manufactured in an ISO9001 certified facility for quality assurance purposes, and they meet the government guidelines for traffic signage. As a member of the IMSA and the ATSSA, TraffiCalm Systems stays up-to-date on new ITS developments that can help improve the effectiveness of radar signs on our highways and residential streets.
Why Signs are So Affordable
When you undertake a road construction product to install speed bumps or extend curbs, not only is traffic restricted during the construction, there’s a lot of cost involved, too. Installing TraffiCalm signs, by comparison, is a simple, fast job thanks to their modular design. Installation won’t affect traffic flow, takes much less time and is therefore less expensive.
There are even options for very low-cost ongoing use, such as solar and battery-powered signs instead of those hooked into the electrical grid. But the ones powered by electricity are designed to save energy by allowing you a choice of settings and even the ability to program the signs and operate them remotely so they can be turned off if not needed.
Contact TraffiCalm today about the affordability of radar speed signs in your municipality.