Street and traffic control sign plans shall be prepared by and/or approved by the City Transportation Engineer or his designee. The developer shall be responsible for street name and other traffic control signage in all subdivisions, both public and private. For public subdivisions, the City will furnish and install these signs for the developer on the basis of the City's current price schedule. For private subdivisions, the developer may, at his option, pay the City for the installation of the signs or hire a private contractor to do the work. Either way, the signs shall meet the latest requirements outlined in the latest edition of the MUTCD. Payment for public subdivision signs shall be made to the City before the final plat is filed. In the case of a private subdivision, either payment to the City or installation of the signs by a private contractor will be required prior to the filing of the final plat.
A work zone traffic control plan shall be provided to the City Transportation Engineer, or his designee, for review and approval prior to the initiation of any work that will impact existing streets.
Citizens or neighborhood groups desiring to purchase signing shall contact the City Transportation Engineer or his designee. The City of Norman maintains a price schedule for signs that includes, if desired, the sign face, the sign support, and charges for installation by City forces. Any, or all, of the items related to the sign installation are available for purchase provided the request meets the requirements of the current edition of the MUTCD.
Plans for striping of streets shall be reviewed by the City Transportation Engineer or his designee. The installing contractor is to be approved by the City Transportation Engineer or his designee. Striping materials shall be in accordance with Section 2304.7 of the City's Standard Specifications and Construction Drawings. Striping shall be in accordance with the following schedule:
- For streets and roadways with traffic in excess of 4,000 vehicles per day, thermoplastic striping (full thickness) shall be applied
- For streets and roadways with traffic between 2,000 and 4,000 vehicles per day, thermoplastic striping (one-half thickness) shall be applied
- For streets and roadways with traffic between 1,000 and 2,000 vehicles per day, paint striping shall be applied
- For streets and roadway with traffic less than 1,000 vehicles per day, no striping shall be applied
The City of Norman has just over 200 parking meters within its system. These meters are located around the Cleveland County Court House and the Campus Corner area. By ordinace, parking meters shall be utilized between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM excluding Sundays and holidays unless marked otherwise. Parking rates are specified on the parking meter. It is not proper to deposit any coinage into the parking meters other than those issued by the United States. It is also not proper to increase or extend the parking time for any vehicle at any metered space beyond the legal parking time established on the face of the meter. The Campus Corner meters have been upgraded to accept credit card payments. This upgrade also increased the operation of the meters in the Campus Corner area to the hours of 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Parking rates in the Campus Corner area were revised to $1.00 per hour. Maximum stay in the Campus Corner area is two hours between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM and three hours between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. The minimum allowable credit card purchase is $0.75.
Parking rates in the Downtown Gray Street parking lot is $0.25 per hour. There are three pay stations located with the Downtown Gray Street parking lot. The locations are at each end and in the center of the lot. Any of the three pay stations may be utilized to buy parking time for any of the available spaces within the lot. The pay stations will allow you to buy time only up to 5:00 PM. For example, if a patron arrives in the lot at 4:00 PM, the pay stations will only let you buy one hour's worth of time to 5:00 PM. If, on the other hand, a patron arrives in the lot at Noon, the pay stations will allow you to buy five hour's worth of time to 5:oo PM. As with the Campus Corner meters, the minimum allowable credit card purchase for time in the Downtown Gray Street parking lot is $0.75.
A Pay-By-Cell option, called Whoosh!, is now available for use in the Gray Street parking lot. The Whoosh! mobile phone app can be downloaded from the App Store onto an iPhone or the Google Play Store onto an Android device. Users register their license plates and credit card with the Whoosh! system through the app or through www.whooshstore.com. No worries if you do not have an iPhone or Android device. You can access Whoosh! by visiting its mobile web site
- m.whooshstore.com. To pay for parking, you simply open the app or mobile web site on your phone, select your vehicle, choose the closest meter to your vehicle, and choose the amount of time you want to park. When your parking session is about to expire the application can send a reminder via text message. Users can extend their parking session from anywhere. This means that users will no longer have to run out and check when their meter expires. A nominal convenience fee of $.35 is added to each parking transaction.
A portion of the Downtown Gray Street parking lot, totalling 41 spaces, is available for leased parking. Click here for an application for a leased parking space. Click here to download a copy of the lease agreement which can be printed, filled out, and returned to the City Clerk's office. The yearly fee for the leased parking space should be submitted with the application and the lease agreement. Should demand exceed space availability, a lottery will be conducted of all applications to determine who receives a space for the year. Those not successful in the lottery will have their yearly fee returned. The deadline for submitting an application this year will be noon on December 15. The lottery, if necessary, will be held five days following the application deadline. Parking permits, or returned checks, will be mailed to each applicant no later than December 23. The lease will be renewed annually and will run from January 1 to December 31 of the same calendar year. A Business Plan was created to manage teh Downtown Gray Street parking lot. Click here to view a copy of that Business Plan.
Traffic Control Devices on Private Property
City staff is often asked about the type of traffic control devices (signing, marking, etc.) that should be placed on private property. The answer is that traffic control devices placed on private property are also susceptible to the standards set forth in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The MUTCD states that traffic control devices should be uniform from state to state as well as from public property to private property. Motorists often cannot tell what is public and what may be private. To address some of these issues, staff has created an informational brochure regarding the placement of traffic control devices on private property. To view this brochure, please click on the following: Informational Brochure for Traffic Control Devices on Private Property.