The Traffic Operations Section contributes to the safe movement of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists throughout Mississauga.
Please call 3-1-1, or if outside city limits please call 905-615-4311 for the following information:
- 15-hour extended parking and parking prohibition requests
- traffic sign deficiencies (missing, broken, defaced)
- pavement markings and roadway construction signage
- traffic count data
- street party permits
- banner permits
- crossing guard personnel information
- general traffic operational concerns (stop signs, speed limits)
Speed Limit Policies
The authority for the City of Mississauga to set speed limits is granted by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) through the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). Under this legislation the City can set speed limits ranging from 40 to 80 km/h in 10 km/h intervals. The HTA also sets a default municipal speed limit of 50 km/h on roadways within cities, towns, villages or built-up areas. The statuatory 50 km/h speed limit is posted at all entrances to the City and at all exits from the Provincial Highway system (QEW, 403, 401 etc.)
Speed limits on major roads are influenced by the roadway's design and classification. In reviewing speed limits a number of factors are considered such as: vehicle operating speeds, adjacent development, collision history, pedestrian activity, driveway spacing and the location of signalized intersections.
City policy reserves the use of 40 km/h speed limits for roads in front of elementary schools and for roadways whose geometric design cannot support a 50 km/h or higher limit. On major roads where elementary schools are present, a 40 km/h when flashing speed limit may be considered.
All Way Stops
Stop signs are designed to regulate vehicular and pedestrian right-of-way at intersections, and are not intended for use as speed control devices. Installation of All Way Stops are recommended based on satisfaction of criteria related to traffic volumes and/or collision history. Other factors such as intersection sightline visibility and road geometry are also considered. These "warrants" are used throughout Ontario.
While All Way Stops are often considered a quick, easy and inexpensive fix for speeding concerns, indiscriminate use of stop signs tends to frustrate many motorists and may result in low stopping compliance and increased mid-block vehicle speeds.
Traffic calming uses physical devices or design features to change driver behaviour. It aims to improve public safety by reducing excessive speed, discouraging short-cutting traffic and minimizing conflicts between all road users.
Implementing traffic calming is an extensive process that involves data collection, evaluation, plan development and consultation with stakeholders prior to construction. Each traffic calming location must meet specific criteria identified in the City of Mississauga’s Traffic Calming Policy, including roadway classification, minimum daily traffic volume, vehicle operating speeds and minimum levels of short-cutting traffic.
If you know of a street that would benefit from traffic calming, please call 3-1-1 to request an evaluation.