Traffic Division

The Traffic Maintenance Division is responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of Traffic Control Devices in Council Bluffs. Those Traffic Control Devices include traffic signals, signs and pavement markings. The Traffic Maintenance Division also maintains all of the parking meters in Council Bluffs and all City owned street lights. The Traffic Maintenance Division is a part of the Public Works Department.

The mission of our department is to provide for the safe and efficient operation of motor vehicles on our roadway system within our community. We provide this by using the latest materials, equipment, technology, and standards. We also make this possible by using good maintenance practices, professional engineering judgment, coordinating our efforts with other agencies and utilizing input from the general public.

Engineering/Administration


Mark Franz, the City Traffic Division Superintendent, is responsible for the operations of the Traffic Maintenance Division as well as being involved in many of the traffic engineering decisions such as sign locations, determining traffic control devices, maintaining traffic count databases, reviewing signal system designs and researching new technologies which will make the division operate more efficiently and provide for safe and efficient driving for motorists. The Traffic Division Superintendent must also be involved with public relations with the general public as well as working with other groups both within the city and within the region related to traffic engineering and operations.

Sign Section


The three technicians in the sign section are responsible for maintaining over 20,000 street signs within the City. Those signs have a typical life of 10 years, which means that approximately 2,000 signs need to be replaced every year. The sign technicians are also capable of fabricating street signs using computerized sign production equipment, although most common signs are purchased from Iowa Prison Industries.
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The sign section paints over 133 lane-miles of center line pavement markings and hundreds of crosswalks and stop lines, using over 2,000 gallons of paint every year. The sign department is also responsible for setting up road closures and detours within the City and assists other departments in setting up work zones for street maintenance.

Signal Section


There are currently 94 signalized intersections, 14 signalized pedestrian crossings, 31 warning flashers and 848 city-owned street lights in Council Bluffs, all maintained by two Traffic Signal Technicians. These two skilled and highly trained technicians do everything from changing light bulbs to troubleshooting complex computer networks.
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Meter Section


One Meter Technician is responsible for collections, installations, and maintenance of 860 parking meters in Council Bluffs. Although those meters are a revenue generator, their main function is to regulate parking time.

To report a problem or concern, please call our office at 712-328-4645. Our normal working hours are from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For emergencies, call 911.