The type of traffic control employed at an intersection is determined through a traffic impact study. This process considers a variety of factors, including traffic (motorized and non-motorized) demand, traffic safety, and intersection operations and function within the entire City transportation system.
The City of Arvada engineering standards provide the framework for this industry-standard traffic impact study. The framework is flexible for the City Traffic Engineer to accommodate the variables involved in determining the most efficient, effective, and safe traffic control at each unique intersection.
As communities, like those in the Candelas area, continue to develop the traffic control may need to be periodically assessed and updated as the population and associated motorized and non-motorized traffic in an area increases to ensure safe and efficient traffic operations. What may be needed when a development is first built may change as more homes and businesses are added in the area.