Traffic & Transportation

About Traffic & Transportation


The City strives to make transportation conditions safer and more efficient for all modes of transportation, including pedestrians, bicyclists, buses, trolleys and vehicles.

In order to do so, we work with agencies such as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, Neighborhood Groups, School Transportation Officials, Regional Transit Authority and others.

Responsibilities of the Transportation Engineer 

Traffic and Transportation issues arise across the City. The duties of the Transportation Engineer within the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) include:

  • Management of the City's overall transportation needs including responsibility for developing needed regulatory ordinances for Council approval on a quarterly basis.
  • Managing the annual Pavement Marking Program, traffic signal operations, enforcement activities, and responding to neighborhood traffic issues.
  • Manages the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program
  • Responding to all traffic motions, petitions, calls and letters from residents, businesses and local officials.
  • Conducting Planning Board and Zoning Board site plan reviews for traffic issues.
  • Responsible for approving all detour plans for road closings, repair projects and bridges.
  • Responsible for managing the selection, placement and maintenance of all traffic signs and pavement markings on city owned streets in the City of Lowell, with the exception of speed limit and truck exclusion signs which are managed by the state.


     Services include the following.
  • Engineering - Traffic signals, traffic signs, pavement markings, traffic and parking regulations, traffic studies, traffic data collection, site investigations, traffic calming evaluations, and traffic study data collection.
  • Planning - Including site plan/subdivision review, general planning studies, and data management.
  • Street Occupancy - Issuance of street closing permits for construction and special events. Development and review of Traffic Management Plans (TMPs).