Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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Traffic Engineering

Please follow the links for specific Traffic Engineering issues:

"Traffic Engineering is that phase of engineering which deals with the planning, geometric design and traffic operations of roads, streets, and highways, their networks, terminals, abutting lands, and relationships with other modes of transportation for the achievement of safe, efficient, and convenient movement of persons and goods." - Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Yearbook

The actions and activities of Traffic Engineering staff are guided by a variety of policies and authorities, primarily identified within the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC).  Title 14, "Vehicles and Traffic," of the BMC has been established to ensure consistency in the use and placement of traffic control devices.  The title is guided by the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the California Vehicle Code.

The Berkeley Municipal Code guides decisions on sign placement.  For major and collector streets, stop sign controls on these streets require approval by the City Council.  Staff determines if the proposed installations meet California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  If the proposal is part of an overall neighborhood traffic management plan or seems controversial, the report may be first submitted to the Transportation Commission for review at a public meeting.  Installation on local streets is at the discretion of the Traffic Engineer.  The investigation includes review of traffic volumes/turning movements, approach speeds, pedestrians (especially school children), accident data, and sight visibilities.  Multiway stops signs have also been installed at intersections to help reduce the adverse effect of special crime related problems.  The stop ahead (symbol) sign may be installed where visibility is restricted, high approach speeds require advance warning, and at unexpected stop sign locations pursuant to the MUTCD  and the Caltrans Traffic Manual.   

For street sweeping, street lights, or pruning, call  Customer Service at (510) 981-CITY (2489) or 3-1-1 for assistance.

For parades or other special events requiring street closure, please call (510) 981-CITY (2489) or 3-1-1.

For parking citations, please call (510) Customer Service at (510) 981-CITY (2489) or 3-1-1.

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