The City of Mount Vernon receives numerous requests from citizens for additional traffic signage, striping, street lighting, and other traffic concerns. The city has a Traffic Safety Committee that reviews the requests and makes a determination based on agency policies and the Revised Code of Washington State (RCW or State Law). The RCW’s require the city to follow the national guidelines outlined in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Traffic control devices include signal lights, traffic signs, and pavement markings. The MUTCD covers all aspects of the placement, construction, and maintenance of every form of approved traffic control.
The Traffic Safety Committee meets every two months (February, April, June, August, October and December) of each year to discuss items on the agenda. Committee members include the Public Works Director, Assistant Public Works Director, Street Operations Manager, Special Projects Administrator, Police Chief, City Attorney, the Mayor, and a Council Member.
Below are brief descriptions of the city’s policies in regards to specific traffic devices. More detailed descriptions and regulations can be found in the MUTCD. Commonly requested traffic control devices: