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The Engineering Division is responsible for providing the safe and orderly movement of vehicles and pedestrians by ensuring walkways, roadways and traffic control devices are appropriate in the community. This is accomplished by planning, construction, providing ongoing maintenance and making necessary adjustments. 


Important Traffic Safety 


  • Administrative Traffic Committee (ATC): The purpose of the Administrative Traffic Committee (ATC) is to review complaints and requests relating to traffic, monitor speed and traffic count data and make decisions about traffic issues. The committee consists of the City Manager, Police Chief and the Director of Public Works/City Engineer. After receiving a traffic safety request, the ATC will conduct a preliminary study that will take into consideration traffic and pedestrian volumes, vehicular speed, accident history, visibility and other conditions.  

  • Clear View Triangles: On any property which is located at a street intersection, the Clear View Triangle (see diagram) is defined as that triangular area formed by connecting the following three points: the point of intersection of the adjacent curb lines extended, and a point on each adjacent curb line 55 feet from such point of intersection. If there are no curbs, the edge of the traveled portion of the street or road shall be used instead of the curb line. On any property which is located at an intersection of an alley with a street, the triangular area is formed by connecting points 20 feet from such point of intersection. 

Nothing may be allowed within the Clear View Triangle to materially impede vision between a height of two and one-half feet and 10 feet above the centerline grades of the intersecting streets. However, certain objects may remain in the Clear View Triangle if, based on engineering judgment and discretion, there are other circumstances that limit or minimize risk at the intersection.   

For more information about Clear View Triangles see City Ordinances 25-802 and 35-560. 

  • Roundabout Information: A roundabout is a one-way, circular intersection without traffic signal equipment in which traffic flows around a center island.  Please click here for more information.

  • Stop Sign Policy: A stop sign is one of the most valuable traffic control devises when used in the correct location and under the right conditions. One common misuse of stop signs is to randomly interrupt traffic, either by causing traffic to stop or by causing drivers to use other routes to avoid stop signs. National research has shown that stop signs do not have a lasting impact on traffic speed. Stop signs tend to reduce speed only in the immediate vicinity of the sign; vehicles are able to accelerate to the previous speed very quickly beyond the stop sign.       

Brooklyn Center Stop Sign Policy:
The purpose of this policy is to provide for fair and uniform treatment of requests for stop signs in residential areas. Such requests are evaluated by they City's Administrative Traffic Committee (ATC), and subject to appeal to the City Council. In order for a stop sign to be installed in a new location, the follow items will be considered:
    • The provisions of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices shall be followed.
    • The ATC will review speed data, accident records, clear view triangle surveys and any other relevant data when considering a stop sign at a particular location. 
    • If a sight obstruction in the clear view triangle is contributing to the sense of danger at the intersection or to a history of accidents at the intersection, staff should order the removal of that obstruction according to City ordinances before considering a stop sign. 
    • If an intersection experiences three or more recorded right angle accidents in a three year period, stop signs should be considered. 
    • If average speed at the 85th percentile is more than five miles per hour over the speed limit, then police should increase enforcement in the area for one year, before considering a stop sign. 
    • Absent engineering data which clearly indicates the need for a stop sign, a residential intersection should be left uncontrolled.

Video - Stop Signs: Why Do We Have Them on Residential Roads?

  • In Street Pedestrian Crossing Sign Policy: The purpose of this policy is to allow the usage of and give guidance for the installation of the In-Street Pedestrian Crossing Sign in accordance with the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MMUTCD). The In-Street Pedestrian Crossing Sign may be used to remind road users of the Minnesota State Law that requires the driver of a vehicle to stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk.

  • Speed Limits and Traffic Calming: Speed limits are set by State Statute on most typical roadways under ideal conditions. All other speed limits are set by the MnDOT Commissioner based upon an engineering and traffic investigation. The goal of traffic calming is to reduce vehicle speed, improve safety and enhance quality of life. Typical methods used to control speed include

     Current Speed Limits  Methods Used for Traffic Calming
     10 mph in alleys  Speed Tables
     30 mph on streets and urban districts   Chokers and Neckdowns
     55 mph on other roads  SMART Trailer (Speed Monitoring And Recording Trailer)
     65 mph on expressways  Warning Signs
     70 mph on rural interstate highways  Pavement Markings 
       Educational Programs
       Speed Enforcement

For more information about speed limits, see the Minnesota Department of Transportation Website.
    
Video - Speed Limits: Why Do We Have Them?

  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Study: In 2013, Hennepin County and the City of Brooklyn Center worked together to gather information regarding a pedestrian and bicycle study.  Input was solicited from residents and business owners to aid in identifying different methods to increase biking and walking in Brooklyn Center.  

The pedestrian and bicycle final study report is now complete and was formally adopted by the City Council at its March 24, 2014 meeting.  This final report includes recommendations for improving biking and walking throughout the City.  Recommended improvements are being further evaluated for consideration to be included in the Capital Improvements Program.


If you have any traffic safety questions or requests, please contact the Engineering Division 763-569-3340 or email us at