City Hall, First Floor
201 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: 760-839-4595
Fax: 760-839-4597
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

The goal of the Traffic Engineering staff is to ensure that traffic flows safely and efficiently on city streets. Traffic Engineering oversees the maintenance and improvement of the City’s transportation infrastructure. City Staff works with the Transportation & Community Safety Commission, which acts as the approving authority on traffic and traffic safety related items and acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council.

You may contact us with questions or concerns, such as requests for red curbing, through the website, via phone, or in person at City Hall.  Our staff will review each request individually.  If additional information is needed, someone will contact you.  Requests are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis, and our goal is to respond to all citizens within two to three weeks.

Traffic Signals

The City of Escondido maintains 152 city traffic signals, while the California State Department of Transportation maintains 22 signals located at freeway ramps and along State Highway 78 within City limits.  City staff utilizes QuicNet, a central computer-based system, to monitor and control all the City’s traffic signals. 

New Traffic Signals & Signal Modifications

The Traffic Engineering division regularly evaluates a number of intersections within the City to determine the need for future signalization or signal modification work, such as adding protected left-turn phasing. An initial list is created based on staff knowledge, Police Department input, Transportation and Community Safety Commission (TCSC) recommendations, and citizen feedback.  An evaluation of this list utilizing Federal and State warrants determines the priority ranking of each intersection.  Next, the list is reviewed and approved by TCSC and, subsequently, City Council.  The Traffic Signal Priority List is then used to determine which projects will be funded from the current and future capital budgets.  In this way, the City’s limited funds can be allocated to areas of greatest need.

Traffic Signal Coordination

Approximately 70 signals are coordinated to work with adjacent signals by timing the beginning of the green signal phase at one signal to relate to the beginning of the green at the adjacent intersection. The City uses different coordination plans during the day to accommodate varying traffic flows. Timing plans are utilized during the morning peak hours, the mid-day peak, and the evening peak hours. 

Speed Limits

Engineering & Traffic Surveys establish the posted and enforceable speed limits on roadways classified as Local Collectors and above. Under California law, these speed limits can be between 25 MPH and 65 MPH. Certain prima facie speed limits are established by State Law and include the 25 MPH speed limit in residential districts, 25 MPH in school zones when children are present, and 15 MPH in alleys. 

Traffic Signs

Traffic Engineering oversees the design and installation of all traffic signs and pavement markings on the City’s 300 miles of streets.  All traffic signs and markings must conform to the requirements of the California Vehicle Code (CVC), the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA-MUTCD), and Regional Standards.