Traffic Safety

Traffic requests

The City of Anacortes receives numerous requests from citizens for various traffic concerns.  The city reviews the requests and makes a determination based on agency policies and the Revised Code of Washington State (RCW or State Law).

The RCW requires the city to follow the national guidelines outlined in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  Traffic control devices include signal lights, traffic signs, pavement markings, traffic circles, roundabouts, and other means of organizing traffic.  The MUTCD covers all aspects of the placement, construction and maintenance of every form of approved traffic control.

How do I report a traffic safety issue?

The city also receives numerous requests from citizens for additional traffic signage, striping, street lighting and other traffic concerns. Many day-to-day traffic concerns may be addressed by contacting Public Works here or your City Council members on the Traffic Committee: Anthony Young, Jeremy Carter or Carolyn Moulton.

Upcoming Public Hearings 

There are no upcoming public hearings at this time.

Traffic Safety Advisory Committee 

​The Traffic Safety Advisory Committee is responsible for assisting staff with recommendations on the following:
  • New or major configurations of roadways i.e. roundabouts, bicycle paths, back in parking, stop lights, stop signs, traffic circles, speed limit changes, etc.  Anything that would change the flow of traffic.
  • Large scale funding and/or prioritization safety projects
  • Policy formulation
  • Items requiring an ordinance change or new ordinance
  • Changes that would require coordination across a variety of directorates 
In some cases, the committee will recommend items to the Public Works Director who will then take it to the Mayor (or City Council) for final approval. The Traffic Safety Advisory committee members include the Public Works Director, Police Chief, City Engineer, Operations Manager, Street Supervisor and three Council Members.

To the left are brief descriptions of the city's policies in regards to specific traffic devices.  More detailed descriptions and regulations can be found in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. 

Contact Us

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