DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS:
MANAGEMENT OF TRAFFIC CONTROL FUNCTIONS
The Bureau of Transportation’s Traffic Control unit is costly to operate and sometimes provides what appears to be duplicative or unneeded services. Additionally, due to their appearance, members of this unit can be confused for Police Department personnel.
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The necessity of traffic and pedestrian control personnel is very obvious before and after well-attended public events. During some events at the stadium complex, select intersections have been observed to be occupied by personnel from both the DPW Traffic Unit and the Police Department. This appears to be an unnecessary duplication of effort. Furthermore, the value-added contribution of this unit is questionable during regular morning and afternoon commutes, as well as during the afternoon lunch hours.
Careful consideration should be given as to whether the Police Department might be best positioned to determine the need and deployment of traffic control personnel. If the determination is made that the current level of service provided by the City is redundant or unnecessary, these financial resources should be reapplied to address more pressing service needs.