Neighborhood Traffic Calming

Federal Highway Administration and Institute of Traffic Engineers Definition of Traffic Calming

The primary purpose of traffic calming is to support the livability and vitality of residential and commercial areas through improvements in non-motorist safety, mobility, and comfort. These objectives are typically achieved by reducing vehicle speeds or volumes on a single street or a street network. Traffic calming measures consist of horizontal, vertical, lane narrowing, roadside, and other features that use self-enforcing physical or psycho-perception means to produce desired effects.

In simpler terms, the Public Works Department wants to design neighborhood street renovations with physical features that passively shout "slow down" or "don't cut through here" without the use of penalities and confrontational enforcement.  


Examples of 22 different types of traffic calming measures - Traffic Calming ePrimer

Examples of 20 proven safety countermeasures - FHWA Making Our Roads Safer

Fourth Street Rehab Project (2019)

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The 4th Street Rehabilitation Project added the principles of the Complete Streets Policy by expanding the sidewalk to incorporate bike lanes and reducing the width of the motor vehicle lanes, thereby reducing the speed at which motor vehicles travel. 

Third Street Rehabilitation Concept Images (2021)

Please contact the Estes Park Public Works Department with any questions or concerns at 970-577-3587 or email