Traffic Safety

The City strives to use the most effective and least intrusive signs, signals and markings to manage street traffic.

Too many signs or signals can confuse or annoy drivers, endangering motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. They also create unnecessary clutter.

If you see a safety or traffic management problem, we welcome your suggestions. We review all traffic safety requests and pursue warranted action based on the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MNMUTCD) and the City's local traffic policies.

Submit a Traffic Safety Request

What Happens Next

  • The Traffic Safety Coordinator will gather pertinent facts from you to help define the problem and a possible solution.
  • The Traffic Safety Committee of City staff members will review your request and make a recommendation, which is forwarded to the Transportation Commission and eventually City Council.
  • The recommendation will be shared with you. If you disagree with the recommendation or can provide additional information, you can attend the Transportation Commission meeting and the City Council meeting to present your disagreement or provide additional information. We suggest you notify all interested parties to attend the meetings with you.
  • The City Council makes the final decision on all traffic safety requests. A second review of the same or similar request is at the discretion of the City Council.

Common Traffic Issues

The City follows the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MNMUTCD) and its own local traffic control policies. The MNMUTCD regulates the design and placement of traffic signs and provides guidelines for installation.

Parking Restriction Policy

The purpose of the on-street parking policy is to enhance the safety of drivers and pedestrians, as well as to allow for effective parking capacities at times when parking is in high demand. 

  • When 1.5 inches or more of snow has fallen, until it has been plowed to the curbline
  • From 1 to 6 a.m. Nov. 1 to March 31
  • For six or more consecutive hours, unless otherwise signed, enforceable year-round

Speed Limits

Stop & Yield Signs

Stop signs are used to help assign right-of-way to vehicles at an intersection. They will not be installed to control speed or volume. Please see Chapter 2B of the MMUTCD for details on the following:

  • Stop Signs or Single Direction Stop Signs: See section 2B.5-6.
  • Multi-Way Stop Signs: See section 2B.5-7.
  • Yield Signs: See section 2B.8-9.
  • Right-of-way law
  • Multi-way stop criteria: See section 2B-7.

Standards for Adding Crosswalks

Factors for considering adding a crosswalk where the intersection doesn't have stop or yield signs or traffic signals (known as "uncontrolled" intersection): 

  • If the average daily traffic (ADT) exceeds 1,000 vehicles per day
  • School crossings or school zones
  • Number of pedestrian crossings, including consideration of peak hours or use by children, seniors or people with disabilities
  • Location of nearby marked crossings
  • Stopping sight distance

Factors we consider when creating a marked crosswalk at a controlled intersection:

  • If the ADT exceeds 3,000 vehicles per day
  • Higher number of pedestrian crossings
  • Multi-use trail crossing

View the full Edina Pedestrian Crossing Policy (PDF).