Engineering & Public Works
Listed below are policies, procedures and permit application forms.
ENGINEERING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SPEED LIMITS / TRAFFIC CALMING
SPEED LIMITS / TRAFFIC CALMING
- Q: How do I request speed bumps for my neighborhood?
- A: The City of Maryville has a policy regarding the placement of "speed bumps" or other traffic calming devices in neighborhoods. Before traffic calming devices can be installed, a thorough evaluation of the site must be performed to evaluate actual through traffic conditions, excessive speed, and accident reports. If it is determined that a problem exists, the use of police presence and observation will commence. If the problem is not solved, traffic calming devices will be considered.
- Q: How are speed limits established for streets in Maryville?
- A: By City Municipal Code, the citywide speed limit for local and minor streets that are not signed or posted, the speed limit is 30 m.p.h. Collector streets (like Sandy Springs Road) and arterial streets (like Lamar Alexander Parkway) are evaluated and established by the Engineering and Public Works Department and approved by City Council.
- Q: How many traffic signals are there in the City of Maryville?
- A: There are currently 42 traffic signals in the City.
- Q: How do I request a traffic signal at a location that I think needs one?
- A: Requests for traffic signals may be made to Engineering and Public Works (EPW) by calling 273-3500, however, certain traffic criteria must be met. EPW will thoroughly evaluate potential intersections to determine if a traffic signal is warranted for the requested location.
- Q: Who do I call if there is a problem with a traffic signal, such as a burned out bulb or a timing issue?
- A: For burned out displays, call the Maryville Electric Department at 273-3300 if it is during normal business hours of Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. If it is NOT during business hours or it is a holiday, please call the after hours emergency number at 983-8722. For timing issues, call EPW Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 273-3500.
- Q: There is a tree/fence/obstruction blocking my vision on a City street. What do I do to report this?
- A: The City of Maryville has an ordinance regarding sight distance at intersections, as well as sight distance along public roads. Sight distance will be evaluated by the Engineering and Public Works Department on a case by case basis.
- Q: My neighbor's trees block the view as I pull out of my driveway. Can the City make them cut the trees down?
- A: The City of Maryville no longer enforces sight distance from private driveways.
- Q: Why does the City of Maryville pave side streets and not streets like Broadway Avenue or U.S. 321?
- A: Streets which are classified as state routes such as Broadway Avenue (SR33), or Sevierville Road (SR35) are not typically resurfaced using the same sources of funds. Resurfacing state routes is typically done by TDOT.
- Q: How do I go about getting my street paved or re-surfaced?
- A: The City of Maryville maintains a three year plan for resurfacing streets. Streets are evaluated based on several criteria and assigned an overall grade. In general, the City makes every attempt to target the streets with the most need based on grade, however, the budget, location, and traffic patterns also affect which streets get paved.
- Q: How do I know if I need a permit for the work I am doing on my property?
- A: Please call 273-3500 if you are unsure if you need a permit.
- Q: What are those black tubes in the road for?
- A: Occasionally the Engineering Department uses speed sensing equipment such as pneumatic tubes and/or radar to collect statistical information on vehicle speed and volume.
- Q: What should I do if I observe a dangerous traffic condition?
- A: If you feel that it requires immediate action, please call 911. For non-emergency traffic conditions, please note the location and call 273-3500.