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Traffic Signs

Traffic Signs

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works maintains roughly 120,000 traffic signs.  All traffic signs must conform to Part 2 and Part 7 of the Federal Manual on Uniform Control Devices (MUTCD) as well as the Wisconsin Supplement to the MUTCD.  Stop and yield signs are used to assign right-of-way between conflicting movements including vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians at intersections.  Traffic control devices such as stop and yield signs are not used to control vehicle speeds or traffic volumes.

Most signs installed by DPW require Common Council approval under Chapter 101 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances, particularly stop and yield signs, no parking signs, and hourly restricted parking zones.

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  Traffic Sign Maintenance Request

To report a missing, broken, or altered traffic sign, contact the City of Milwaukee Unified Call Center at (414) 286-CITY (2489).

  Speed Limits

Speed limits are based on a combination of factors including the spacing of buildings and houses, vehicular traffic volume, parking, bicycle and pedestrian activity.  The speed limit is 25 mph on most roadways in the City of Milwaukee, busier streets have a speed limit of 30 mph, while outlying areas have speed limits of 35 to 40 mph.

If you believe speeding is occurring on a local residential side street in your area, see Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) for more information.


  Traffic Calming

The Neighborhood Traffic Management Program offers help to residents who are dealing with traffic safety problems on residential side streets. 

  How to request changes to traffic signage

A traffric study must be performed prior to changing traffic control signage at an intersection.  These signs include yield signs, stop signs, pedestrian crossing signs, etc.  Requests for traffic studies are done at the request of the alderperson who represents the district in which the intersection is located.


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