Traffic Control & Safety Concerns
Neighborhoods: In residential neighborhoods, the speed limit for nearly all streets is 25 mph. This speed limit went into effect on Aug. 1, 2018. For more information and to see street segments that did not change, read more about the Drive 25 speed limit change.
Downtown: In the Central Business District, the speed limit is posted at 20 miles per hour.
Near Schools: In the areas immediately surrounding schools, posted school zone speed limits are 20 mph on school days when children are present.
The Police Department responds to speeding vehicle concerns.
Stop signs are placed at intersections to assign motorist right-of-way when certain warrants have been determined by a traffic study. These warrants, which are based on state guidelines to create uniformity in traffic control, include the number of vehicles traveling through the intersection, accident history of the intersection and sight distance determination.
Residents may request a study be performed by the Engineering Department by submitting a written request to the Engineering Department, 303 W Wesley Street.A traffic study will be performed and the results will be forwarded to the resident making the request.
The City’s Engineering Department works with local school districts to develop safe school walking route plans and the placement of school crosswalks with adult crossing guards. Adult crossing guards are placed at street crossing locations where traffic volumes are such that insufficient gaps exist in traffic to allow children to cross the street unassisted. These crossing guards are part-time employees of the City and are trained by the Police Department to perform their duties safely and efficiently. A crossing guard study is performed by the Engineering Department to determine the effectiveness of placing a crossing guard at a particular school crossing.
On-Street Parking Prohibition
Residents may request that the City limit parking along their street due to congestion or concerns for emergency services access. The City’s policy is to receive a petition signed by at least 51% of the affected residents where the parking ban is requested prior to proceeding with authorizing the on-street parking ban.
Parking on any City street is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. each day. If you need to park on a City street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., you must either submit a request online before 1 a.m., or call the Police Department at 630-260-2161 to report the vehicle on the street. The Wheaton Police Department will ticket vehicles that have not been reported.