Lighting, Signals and Signs

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We make sure traffic is safe and efficient through intentional design. We construct, operate and maintain the City's traffic control and street lighting. We're here to help you with requests related to street lights and signs. 

Want to report an issue with a traffic sign or street light? You can report it online.

Residential streets

From block parties to making your street safe, let us know how to improve the streets in your community.



Lets make sure you can get what you're moving safely to where it needs to be.



Report a missing or knocked down sign

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Are you looking for signal timing information? You can file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request here.

Prepare for winter in Grand Rapids using our Winter Preparedness Brief. We give you all the information you need to know about:

  • Waste collection in the snow
  • Snow plowing
  • Snow shoveling
  • Parking in the snow
  • Avoiding frozen pipes

Winter Preparedness Brief 2018

The Development Center issues other permits that may be helpful for you.

Temporary Occupancy Permits

Want to use a section of a road, sidewalk, or other area of the public right-of-way for a project? Apply for a Temporary Occupancy Permit here.

Utility Permits

Are you a contractor and want to install utility equipment in the right-of-way? Apply for a Utility Permit here.

Encroachment Permits

Are you planning a project or installation? Does it require ongoing use of public street, sidewalk, or dedicated public easement and includes:

  • Removable at-grade features
  • Overhanging features
  • Buried features

Apply for an Encroachment Permit here

Does your company need access to the City's pole line and duct system? We allow companies to request access so they don't need to dig into the roadway for their own infrastructure. Granting access also eliminates the need for companies to get private utility easements.

We regulate excess capacity in these systems through the Pole Line and Duct System ordinance.

We provide information on our usage through annual rate studies. Check out past rate studies below:

Pole Line and Duct System Rate Study 2016

Pole Line and Duct System Rate Study 2015

Pole Line and Duct System Rate Study 2014

Pole Line and Duct System Rate Study 2013

Pole Line and Duct System Rate Study 2012

Every year we conduct traffic counts by measuring traffic volume. We provide this information to the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC).

They gather traffic count information from other cities and the Michigan Department of Transportation to include in their Traffic Count Database System. Check it out here