The city often receives requests for the installation of stop signs to reduce speeds on residential roadways.
Are stop signs effective for speed control?
According to the Minnesota Local Road Research Board, stop signs are meant to assign right-of-way to motorists to prevent crashes – but stop signs are not an effective tool for speed control.
Studies have shown that when stop signs are used inappropriately, motorists may intentionally violate stop signs and increase their speed between stop signs to make up lost time from what they perceive as an unreasonable stop.
The City of Plymouth frequently receives requests to post speed limit signage in residential areas to influence motorists to slow down. However, all residential roadways in Minnesota have a speed limit of 30 mph, as mandated by the state.
Are additional speed limit signs effective in reducing speeding in residential areas?
Studies show there is little change in speed patterns after additional speed limit signs are posted, nor is it effective to reduce the speed limits on residential roadways. According to the Minnesota Local Road Research Board, motorists are influenced by the conditions of the road and will drive a speed at which they feel comfortable.
Minnesota Department of Transportation has published a brochure regarding speed limits in Minnesota. Download the brochure (PDF).
Request a Street Sign, Speed Limit Study or Crosswalk Evaluation
To promote safety and livability in residential neighborhoods, the City of Plymouth reviews all requests on a case-by-case basis. The City of Plymouth follows the Minnesota Manual of Uniform Traffic Control and other guidelines in reviewing requests. These provide a uniform policy for street signs, speed limits and crosswalks on all public streets, roads and highways.
This process generally involves the following steps:
- Initial Request – Fill out the Traffic Control Request Form
- Data Collection & Analysis – City staff will collect and analyze data regarding the request and determine next steps, which may include taking no action.
- Educational and Enforcement Efforts – Additional education and police enforcement can often help mitigate traffic issues. Engineering may work with other departments on additional education efforts.
- Physical Improvements or Additional Study – Additional signage, safety improvements or in-depth study may be warranted. Any proposed physical improvements are funding-dependent and may be planned in conjunction with other improvements.
- Analysis of Effects – All education, enforcement and implementation will be reviewed for effectiveness.
ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act
The City of Plymouth strives to provide accessible pedestrian features within the public right-of-way that meet the standards outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In accordance with the ADA compliance, the City of Plymouth has adopted an ADA Transition Plan (PDF).
If users of the City of Plymouth's facilities located within the public right-of-way believe the city has not provided reasonable accommodations, they may submit a complaint by filling out an ADA Grievance Form (PDF). City staff will respond to the complaint within 30 days. For more information, call the city's ADA Coordinator at 763-509-5500.
View information about parking and traffic issue enforcement on the Police Traffic Unit webpage.