Traffic Engineering


In the city's effort to provide the citizens of Rocky Mount a more responsive and quality service, the traffic engineering responsibilities are handled by the city's Traffic Division and include the following:

Steve Yetman, Asst. City Engineer (252-972-1123)

Michael Webb, Sr. Signal System Operator (252-972-1132)

Chet Christman, Traffic Signal Supervisor (252-467-4937)

Denny Parker, Traffic Services Supervisor (252-467-4939)

Signal System

Signal Cabinet

The city operates a Computerized Traffic Signal System that encompasses 138 signals. NCDOT owns 127 signals and the City owns eleven. The City maintains all 138, and city staff are able to monitor, evaluate and modify any signal data from a central location. Some features of the system are:

  • 138 Signalized Intersections

  • 60+ miles of fiber optic cable

  • 20 CCTV Cameras

  • Solid State Equipment

A project to upgrade and expand the computerized signal system that was originally constructed in early 1995 began in April 2012 and was completed in October 2014. The new system updated all signal cabinets, hardware and communication links. The project added 7 signalized intersections, 15 CCTV cameras and 30+ miles of fiber optic cable.

Emergency Preemption

In an effort to better serve the citizens of Rocky Mount, the city provides an emergency vehicle preemption system for faster response times for city fire trucks. Currently there are 80+ intersections that have equipment that will preempt a signal for city fire trucks to provide a green indication for a predefined fire route allowing faster and safer travel in an emergency situation.

To report a bulb failure, maintenance problem or have questions about signal operations, call 252-972-1132.

Traffic Cameras

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As part of the Computerized Traffic SignalTraffic Camera System, the city maintains and operates 20 CCTV camera sites. The cameras give the ability to view multiple areas for traffic congestion and signal operation all from a central location. The cameras are located along the higher volume roadways. The original five cameras are:

  • Sunset Avenue and Wesleyan Boulevard

  • US 64 Bypass and Wesleyan Boulevard

  • Benvenue Road and Wesleyan Boulevard

  • Church Street and US 64 Bypass

  • Sunset Avenue and Winstead Avenue

Under the new Signal System project as well as two other roadway widening projects the number of CCTV cameras increased from 5 to 20. The locations of the 15 newly installed cameras are:

  • Bethlehem Road and Beechwood Drive

  • Wesleyan Boulevard and Bethlehem Road

  • Sunset Avenue and Grace Street

  • NW Main Street and Thomas Street

  • Raleigh Boulevard and Grand Avenue/Fairview Road

  • Raleigh Boulevard and US 64 Bypass

  • Wesleyan Boulevard and Thomas A. Betts Parkway

  • Wesleyan Boulevard and Jeffreys Road

  • Benvenue Road and US 64 Bypass

  • Benvenue Road and Goldrock Road

  • Jeffreys Road and Sutters Creek Boulevard

  • Hunter Hill Road and Country Club Road

  • Sunset Avenue and Circle Drive

  • Hunter Hill Road and Thomas A. Betts Parkway

  • Winstead Avenue and US 64 Bypass

Traffic Signs

Traffic signs are maintained on allSigns public streets by the city's Traffic Division. Only standard signs identified in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) or the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Sign Supplement are considered for use on public streets. There are three types of traffic signs:

  • Regulatory: Informs road users of traffic laws or regulations such as stop, speed limit, and no parking.

  • Warning: Alerts road users of unexpected conditions on or adjacent to a street and may require a reduction of speed. Examples of conditions that may require warning signs are curve, stop ahead, and pedestrian crossing.

  • Guide: Directs road users to cities, towns, or other important destinations. Examples include street names, route markers, and distance signs.

Please report all downed or missing stop signs by calling 911. To report other types of signs that are missing or damaged, please call 252-972-1121.

Traffic Calming
Traffic Calming

The Traffic Division handles concerns regarding speeding, cut-through traffic, and neighborhood traffic safety on city maintained residential streets. As there are both city maintained and state maintained streets within the city limits, all inquiries related to state maintained roadways will be referred to the NCDOT Division 4 Office. The Residential Traffic Management Policy explains the process to submit requests for evaluation and the potential traffic calming measures that the city may utilize, such as:

  • Speed Radar Trailer

  • 25 MPH Speed Limit

  • Edgeline Pavement Markings

  • Four-Way Stop

  • Additional Speed Limit or Warning Signs

Traffic Counts

Traffic counts are taken for a variety of reasons such as level of service, roadway capacity, and intersection timing as well as others.There are two types of traffic counts taken by the city:

  • Roadway Counts: Typically taken by installing tubes across the roadway over multiple days to get a directional and total average of traffic volume passing a specific point.

  • Turning Movement Counts: Typically taken by personnel located at a signalized intersection for a 12-hour period. This type of count gives a breakdown of traffic for each movement as well as intersection total.

To request a traffic count, call 252-972-1132 or email.

Sight Obstructions

City staff will investigate reports of sight obstructions and determine the need for vegetation removal. If vegetation is determined to be obstructing a motorist's view at an intersection, a Traffic Division employee will leave a notice for the property owner to trim or remove the vegetation.

To report unsafe conditions due to overgrown vegetation, please call 252-972-1121.