Streets & Traffic
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Streets & Traffic Division ResponsibilitiesThe Public Works Department Streets & Traffic Division is responsible for the maintenance of more than 550 lane miles of city streets and traffic control signals at 63 intersections, along with street signs and pavement markings. We strive to maintain an efficient and effective transportation system by extending the life of the pavement on all of our city streets, updating and optimizing traffic signal timing plans, maintaining street signs and replacing pavement markings.
Data Driving Street Maintenance Decisions
Have you ever wondered how decisions are made about what streets the city repairs and when? In the City of NRH, data is the foundation for those decisions.
The city has contracted with Roadway Asset Services to measure and inventory the condition of every street maintained by the city. The Austin-based company uses a van equipped with high-tech cameras and sensors to drive through every neighborhood in the city to gather data about each street’s current pavement condition including subsurface conditions. It also collects information on pavement markings, street signs, sidewalks and curb ramps. Streets that are maintained by TxDOT are not included in the assessment. Those include Davis Boulevard, Precinct Line Road and Boulevard 26.
The city will use the data to identify and prioritize maintenance work needed to extend the life of our existing streets and capital improvement projects to reconstruct those roads that can no longer be effectively maintained. The amount of work completed each year is dependent upon the amount of funding that is available in the city’s budget.
If you have questions regarding this process or other street-related questions, please reach out Public Works at 817-427-6460.
Did You Know?
Our crews are out on the road looking, but if you see a pothole please report its location to the Public Works Street Division at 817-427-6460 or online at www.nrhtx.com/reportconcern. Potholes can be reported year-round, and the Street Division typically makes these repairs within 24 hours of being notified. In 2022, the Street Division performed 31,835 square feet of pothole repairs and asphalt level-ups. This equates to 122 square feet per day. 400 tons of asphalt were used, which equates to 1.5 tons per day.
Each year NRH Public Works sets a goal to sweep each of our 1,000+ streets (both sides) at least twice, in addition to responding to specific requests for service in between scheduled sweeping. The routes are planned to avoid trash pickup days to maximize coverage and efficiency. If you notice debris such as glass, nails, rocks or dirt, please report this to the Street Division at 817-427-6460 or www.nrhtx.com/reportconcern and they will be glad to sweep these items.
In Summer 2023, Public Works Traffic Division upgraded and reprogrammed traffic signal equipment along Rufe Snow Drive from Loop 820 to Mid-Cities Boulevard. Following this work, approximately 75% of the 34,000 daily vehicles driving this section of Rufe Snow arrive at an intersection green light. Additionally, for the minority of traffic that does get stopped at a red light, timing efforts yielded a 37% reduction in delay time while waiting for the light to turn to green. The section of Rufe Snow from Mid-Cities to our northern city limit at Bursey Road will be completed later this year.
Traffic Division is also focusing on improving signal timing on Davis Boulevard from Maplewood Avenue to North Tarrant Parkway. Motorists should expect to see daily changes to individual intersections, as the equipment is activated and updated coordinated timing plans are implemented. As always, if there are concerns or questions, residents are encouraged to give us a call at 817-427-6460.
Residents can request speed bumps in their neighborhood by making a request to the Public Works Department. Once a request is made, a study is performed that takes a look at a number of factors including traffic counts, incidents of speeding on the street, traffic accidents on the street, pedestrian usage, the presence of sidewalks, and roadway classification. Incidents of speeding are a significant determining factor of eligibility. Locations must have document 85th percentile of speeds of 35 mph or higher to be eligible. If the study shows that the street is eligible for installation of traffic calming devices, support of 80% of the impacted residents is required, and 50% of the cost of installation is borne by the residents. For more information, please give us a call at 817-427-6460.
For highway conditions, please visit the Texas Department of Transportation website.
Contact the Texas Department of Transportation district office at 817-370-6500 to request repairs on state roadways within North Richland Hills, including:
- NE Loop 820
- Davis Boulevard
- Precinct Line Road
- Boulevard 26
To report a street light that is out, please contact Oncor at 888-313-4747 or use their online reporting tool.