Transportation Engineering

The Division of Transportation is responsible for the safety and efficiency of traffic flow involving vehicular traffic, vehicular parking, as well as bicycle and pedestrian safety.

In order to accomplish this, the division operates and maintains 312 traffic signals, 120 school and pedestrian crossing signals, 22 continuous and activated flashers and over 31,000 street lights.

Also maintained are more than 700 miles of traffic lane lines and 813 crosswalk locations.

The Division creates, installs and maintains more than 60,000 traffic control signs.


  • City-wide Transportation Projects
  • Evaluation, Installation and Maintenance of:
    • Street Lights
    • Traffic Control Signs
    • Traffic Lane Lines, Crosswalks and Pavement Markings
    • Traffic Signals
  • Guardrail Repairs
  • Liaison for VDOT and FHWA-Funded Projects within City Limits
  • Neighborhood Traffic Calming
  • Residential Parking Permit Program
  • Traffic Control for Special Events

Key Initiatives

  • Saint Paul’s Initiative: Create a connected pattern of neighborhood streets and blocks that create the framework for a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood that replace the existing super block structure. Restore Church Street as the commercial, civic and social heart of the community.  Church Street will be realigned and buildings along each side will be mixed-use, with ground level retail or community-serving offices.
  • Multimodal Norfolk: Norfolk’s Multimodal Transportation Master Plan will define the direction for the City’s transportation system over the coming years. Multimodal Norfolk provides the framework for large and small decisions about transportation projects, priorities, coordinated planning with land use decisions, public/private initiatives, infrastructure projects, and more.
    Download a Fact Sheet on Multimodal Norfolk.