The City of Tukwila Public Works Department is pleased to present a new program for our community members aimed to calm traffic on residential streets. The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, or NTCP for short, is a neighborhood-friendly way for Public Works to continue providing good customer service for our residents. The NTCP was passed by the City Council via Resolution 1955Â on December 10, 2018 and funding for the program is included in the 2019-2020 biennial budget.
Traffic conditions on residential streets greatly affect neighborhood livability. Speeding and unnecessary through traffic on residential streets can create safety hazards or be generally undesirable to the people who live in the neighborhood. The NTCP has been developed to guide City staff and inform residents about the procedures for implementing traffic calming on residential streets. The NTCP only applies to streets in primarily residential areas which are classified as either a local street or a collector arterial. The NTCP does not apply to any streets in commercial areas or to principal or minor arterials, even if they are in residential areas.
Traffic calming is defined as the application of measures which can be taken to reduce negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior, and improve conditions for non-motorized street users. There are many different treatment options that can be considered for each unique location. The answer for one street is rarely the same for another, as each street and each neighborhood have different conditions, needs and goals.
If you would like to enroll in the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, please signup on the enrollment page.