About the Traffic Committee
The City of Merced Traffic Committee meets at the City Civic Center, 678 W. 18th Street, the second tuesday of odd months (bi-monthly) at 2:00 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Conference Room, unless a meeting is cancelled for lack of items. The Committee reviews requests related to traffic issues, including matters relating to parking regulations, speed limits, traffic signs, loading zones, safety, and handicapped zones. The Traffic Committee may approve or deny these requests or may make recommendations to the City Council.
Citizens may apply to have their specific request reviewed by completing a "Citizen Action Request Form" and submitting it to the City of Merced Engineering Department, 678 W. 18th Street, 2nd Floor City Hall, Merced. The form may be downloaded with this link: Citizen Action Request Form.
Items will not, however, be considered by the Traffic Committee until City staff has had the opportunity to properly review the matter and prepare necessary reports. In addition, items placed on the agenda at public request shall not be heard by the Committee until at least ten (10) days written notice has been provided to the requesting person or organization. Items approved by the Traffic Committee are referred to the City Council on a quarterly basis, unless the City Manager determines the matter to be urgent. Citizens have the right to appeal the Traffic Committee's recommendations to the City Council, pursuant to the procedure specified in Chapter 20.96 of the Merced Municipal Code.
Agendas & Minutes
Please visit the following link to access Traffic Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Cancellation Notices:
For a schedule of current-year meetings and application deadlines, please use this link:
2016 Traffic Committee Schedule of Meetings
Traffic Committee Members
Membership of the Traffic Committee is composed of:
Ken Elwin, Interim City Engineer, Chairperson
Juan Olmos, Director of Public Works Designee
Jacob Struble, Police Chief Designee
Shawn Henry, Fire Chief
Julie Nelson, Planning Manager Designee
The members listed above may send a designee to the meetings if they are not able to attend, and each designee is authorized to act as a full voting member of the Committee while serving as the designee. The meetings of the Traffic Committee are required to comply with the Brown Act and operate by the same rules of procedure as the City Council.
Traffic Control Measures
Traffic control measures include traffic signals, stop signs, and other physical restrictions, such as raised medians, regulatory signs, striping, pavement markings, and other traffic calming measures. The committee reviews speed limits, with the intent to direct vehicular traffic safely and efficiently. Speed limits are defined by a number of rules and regulations, including the requirement for speed studies. The Traffic Committee also considers the needs of neighborhoods, schools, children, pedestrians, bicyclists, emergency services, and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requirements. The Traffic Committee recommends traffic control measures in accordance with State and City laws. The California Vehicle Code, Merced Municipal Code, and/or City Ordinance requirements must be met in order to establish the justification for traffic control measures approved or recommended to the City Council.
Traffic Calming Measures