Traffic Division: Public Service for Public Safety

Article By Alyssa Adams
Member of Rocklin's Traffic Division works on a street sign from a crane bucket.

With 72 traffic signals, 3,000 City-owned-and-managed streetlights, and 15,000 signs in City limits, the Rocklin Traffic Division has plenty to keep the department of four busy.

Each traffic signal undergoes quarterly and annual checks to verify that the conflict manager, detectors, controllers, and lights are working properly, and to clean out the cabinets of any debris. Additionally, about 10 intersections of traffic signal lights, or about 50 bulbs, are replaced every year to reduce the chance of burned-out lights causing confusion for drivers.

“We really do appreciate it when we get calls letting us know if a signal isn’t detecting them or if a street light is out. We can go out and fix it within the week to make sure residents feel safe,” Senior Technician Eli Vidales said.

A Traffic Division employee is always on call in case of an emergency power failure or crash that causes damage to traffic signals or signs. They work closely with the Rocklin Police and Fire Departments while conducting repairs to move traffic efficiently and keep everyone safe.

The department also conducts an annual nighttime survey to ensure all City signs are in place and have the appropriate reflectivity for first responders to identify street names. If signs are missing or not up to par, Lazar and his team order replacements and install them promptly.

“Our department involves everything from safety signs to street lights and traffic signals,” Naz Lazar, Traffic Division Supervisor said. “It’s both public safety and public service, because we help make sure ambulances and fire trucks can get to and see where they need to go, and we help keep residents and visitors safe during their time on the road.”

Residents can report problems like missing street signs, burned-out streetlights, and excessive wait times at traffic signals through Access Rocklin.

Rocklin Traffic Division Employees pose during a 2019 golf tournament.