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[R.O. 1997 § 315.010; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
The Director of Public Works shall place and maintain traffic control signs, signals, and devices when and as required under the traffic ordinances of the City to make effective the provisions of said ordinances, and may place and maintain such additional traffic control devices as he/she may deem necessary to regulate traffic under the traffic ordinances of the City or under State law or to guide or warn traffic.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.020; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
All traffic control signs, signals and devices shall conform to the manual and specifications approved by the State Highways and Transportation Commission or resolution adopted by the City Council of the City. All signs or signals required hereunder for a particular purpose shall so far as practicable be uniform as to type and location throughout the City. All traffic control devices so erected and not inconsistent with the provisions of this Title shall be official traffic control devices.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.030; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995; Ord. No. 479 § 1, 11-23-1998]
A. 
The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this Title, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or Police Officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this Title.
B. 
When a traffic control signal is not operating due to mechanical failure or other reasons, all traffic shall come to a complete stop before proceeding through the intersection at which the non-operating signal is stationed.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.040; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
No provision of this Title for which official traffic control devices are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if at the time and place of the alleged violation an official device is not in proper position and sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. Whenever a particular Section does not state that official traffic control devices are required, such Section shall be effective even though no devices are erected or in place.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.050; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
A. 
Whenever official traffic control devices are placed in position approximately conforming to the requirements of this Title, such devices shall be presumed to have been so placed by the official act or direction of lawful authority, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.
B. 
Any official traffic control device placed pursuant to the provisions of this Title and purporting to conform to the lawful requirements pertaining to such devices shall be presumed to comply with the requirements of this Title, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.060; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
A. 
Whenever traffic is controlled by traffic control signals exhibiting different colored lights, or colored lighted arrows, successively one (1) at a time or in combination, only the colors green, red and yellow shall be used except for special pedestrian signals carrying a word legend, and said lights shall indicate and apply to drivers of vehicles and pedestrians as follows:
1. 
Green Indication.
a. 
Vehicular traffic facing a circular green signal may proceed straight through or turn right or left unless a sign at such place prohibits either such turn. But vehicular traffic, including vehicles turning right or left, shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and to pedestrians lawfully within the intersection or an adjacent crosswalk at the time such signal is exhibited;
b. 
Vehicular traffic facing a green arrow signal, shown alone or in combination with another indication, may cautiously enter the intersection only to make the movement indicated by such arrow, or such other movement as is permitted by other indications shown at the same time. Such vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection;
c. 
Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in Section 315.070, pedestrians facing any green signal, except when the sole green signal is a turn arrow, may proceed across the roadway within any marked or unmarked crosswalk.
2. 
Steady Yellow Indication.
a. 
Vehicular traffic facing a steady yellow signal is thereby warned that the related green movement is being terminated or that a red indication will be exhibited immediately thereafter when vehicular traffic shall not enter the intersection;
b. 
Pedestrians facing a steady yellow signal, unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in Section 315.070 are thereby advised that there is insufficient time to cross the roadway before a red indication is shown and no pedestrian shall then start to cross the roadway.
3. 
Steady Red Indication.
a. 
Vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal alone shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection and shall remain standing until a green indication is shown except as provided in Subsection (A)(3)(b);
b. 
The driver of a vehicle which is stopped as close as practicable at the entrance to the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then at the entrance to the intersection in obedience to a red signal, may cautiously enter the intersection to make a right turn but shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection, except that the State Highways and Transportation Commission with reference to an intersection involving a State highway, and local authorities with reference to an intersection involving other highways under their jurisdiction, may prohibit any such right turn against a red signal at any intersection where safety conditions so require, said prohibition shall be effective when a sign is erected at such intersection giving notice thereof;
c. 
Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in Section 315.070, pedestrians facing a steady red signal alone shall not enter the roadway.
4. 
In the event an official traffic control signal is erected and maintained at a place other than an intersection, the provisions of this Section shall be applicable except as to those provisions which by their nature can have no application. Any stop required shall be made at a sign or marking on the pavement indicating where the stop shall be made, but in the absence of any such sign or marking the stop shall be made at the signal.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.070; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
A. 
Whenever special pedestrian control signals exhibiting the words "Walk" or "Don't Walk" are in place such signals shall indicate as follows:
1. 
"WALK": Pedestrians facing such signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal and shall be given the right-of-way by the drivers of all vehicles;
2. 
"WAIT" or "DON'T WALK": No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of such signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed his/her crossing on the walk signal shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone while the wait signal is showing.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.080; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
A. 
Whenever an illuminated flashing red or yellow signal is used in a traffic sign or signal it shall require obedience by vehicular traffic as follows:
1. 
Flashing red (stop signal), when a red lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles shall stop before entering the nearest crosswalk at an intersection or at a limit line when marked, or if none, then before entering the intersection, and the right to proceed shall be subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign;
2. 
Flashing yellow (caution signal), when a yellow lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles may proceed through the intersection or past such signal only with caution.
B. 
This Section shall not apply at railroad grade crossings. Conduct of drivers of vehicles approaching railroad grade crossings shall be governed by the rules as set forth in Section 335.090 of this Title.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.090; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
When lane direction control signals are placed over the individual lanes of a street or highway, vehicular traffic may travel in any lane over which a green signal is shown, but shall not enter or travel in any lane over which a red signal is shown.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.100; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
No person shall place, maintain or display upon or in view of any highway an unauthorized sign, signal, marking or device which purports to be or is an imitation of or resembles an official traffic control device or railroad sign or signal, or which attempts to direct the movement of traffic, or which hides from view or interferes with the effectiveness of any official traffic control device or any railroad sign or signal.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.110; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
No person shall without lawful authority, attempt to or in fact alter, deface, injure, knock down or remove any official traffic control device or any railroad sign or signal or any inscription, shield or insignia thereon, or any other part thereof.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.120; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
The Director of Public Works shall have authority to declare any street or part thereof a play street and to place appropriate signs or devices in the roadway indicating and helping to protect the same.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.130; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating any street or part thereof as a play street, no person shall drive a vehicle upon any such street or portion thereof except drivers of vehicles having business or whose residences are within such closed area, and then any said driver shall exercise the greatest care in driving upon any such street or portion thereof.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.140; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
A. 
The Director of Public Works is hereby authorized:
1. 
To designate and maintain, by appropriate devices, marks, or lines upon the surface of the roadway, crosswalks at intersections where in his/her opinion there is particular danger to pedestrians crossing the roadway, and at such other places as he/she may deem necessary;
2. 
To establish safety zones of such kind and character and at such places as he/she may deem necessary for the protection of pedestrians.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.150; Ord. No. 120 § 1, 9-1-1995]
A. 
The Director of Public Works is hereby authorized to mark traffic lanes upon the roadway of any street or highway where a regular alignment of traffic is necessary.
B. 
Where such traffic lanes have been marked, it shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to fail or refuse to keep such vehicle within the boundaries of any such lane except when lawfully passing another vehicle or preparatory to making a lawful turning movement.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.160; Ord. No. 479 § 1, 11-23-1998]
The Director of Public Works shall mark no-passing zones by applying a solid yellow line on the roadway surface just to the right of center of the roadway. When the aforesaid solid yellow line is in place, no driver of a vehicle shall pass another vehicle in the places where passing is prohibited.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.170; Ord. No. 780 § 1, 11-13-2001; Ord. No. 1090 § 1, 6-28-2004; Ord. No. 2253, 4-24-2017]
A. 
As used in this Section, the following terms shall be defined as follows:
DEVELOPMENT
Shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 415.030 of this Code.
DWELLING
Shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 415.030 of this Code.
GATE
An obstruction which swings, slides, or rolls closed to restrict the ingress and egress of vehicles over any street or part thereof. This term shall include any support structure and all accessory fencing associated with the gate.
LOT
Shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 420.040 of this Code.
QUALIFIED LOT
A lot improved with a dwelling for which an occupancy permit has been issued by the Director of Planning, whether or not the dwelling is actually occupied.
SECONDARY EMERGENCY ACCESSWAY
A private way, intended for access by emergency response service providers, which is not a principal means of access to abutting property.
STREET
Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 300.020, the term "street" shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 420.040 of this Code.
STREET, PRIVATE
Shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 420.040.
TRUST INDENTURE
Shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 420.040 of this Code.
B. 
No person shall erect any gate, barrier, or other temporary or permanent obstruction restricting ingress and egress of vehicles over any street or secondary emergency accessway which provides access to three (3) or more dwellings, except under the following circumstances:
1. 
The City may authorize the erection and installation of a gate, barrier or other temporary or permanent obstruction restricting ingress and egress of vehicles over any secondary emergency accessway as part of the approval of a site plan, development plan, or record plat pursuant to Chapter 415 and Chapter 420 of this Code.
2. 
Unless otherwise prohibited by ordinance, a person may obtain a permit from the Department of Planning to erect a gate restricting ingress and egress of vehicles over a private street into a residential subdivision where the following conditions are met:
a. 
A petition requesting a permit to install a gate shall be submitted to the Director of Planning, signed and acknowledged by the owners of qualified lots representing at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the lots within a subdivision or subdivisions for which a means of access from a public street to such residential lots would be through the proposed gate. Such petition shall be submitted on forms prepared by the Director of Planning, and shall contain at minimum the following:
(1) 
The name and address of each petitioner;
(2) 
The name of the subdivision or subdivisions within which the qualified lot owned by each petitioner is located;
(3) 
The location of the proposed gate; and
(4) 
Such other information as may be required by the Director of Planning;
b. 
Proposed gated street entrances shall be reviewed and approved by the appropriate fire protection district (Monarch, Metro-West or Eureka) and other emergency response service providers. Access to operating and locking mechanisms, and required override, shall be mandatory and made available by the lot owner(s) and/or the applicable homeowners' association or comparable entity to the City of Wildwood, St. Louis County Police, local fire protection districts, EMS and other owners and operators of authorized emergency vehicles;
c. 
A means of access shall be provided to all lot owners in the impacted subdivision, St. Louis County Police, local fire protection districts, Rockwood School District (if bus service is to be provided), residential waste haulers (as that term is understood in Section 230.010 of this Code), the United States Postal Service and other delivery companies;
d. 
Any proposed gate shall be reviewed and approved by the City of Wildwood Architectural Review Board, pursuant to the requirements of Section 415.220(E) of this Code;
e. 
Any gate shall be placed a minimum of sixty (60) feet from the adjacent intersecting street;
f. 
Any gate shall open to provide clearance for the full width of the street, or a minimum of twelve (12) feet of clearance for a street width not meeting the relevant standard set by Section 420.180 of this Code and any divided entrances;
g. 
Any gate shall release in the event of a power failure, allowing manual opening;
h. 
Any gate shall be kept open at all times during precipitation in freezing or below-freezing temperatures and snowfall;
i. 
Lot owners within gated residential developments shall be responsible for all operation and maintenance costs associated with the gate, and shall have provisions incorporated into their existing trust indenture and/or such other agreements addressing operation and maintenance costs. Lot owners shall provide copies of the amended trust indenture and/or such other agreements to the City for review and approval by the Director of Planning, pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 420 of this Code. In the case of new developments, a provision for the operation and maintenance costs associated with the gate shall be included in the initial trust indenture and/or such other agreements and be submitted to the City for review and approval by the Director of Planning, pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 420 of this Code; and
j. 
Nothing contained in this Subsection shall in any manner be deemed or construed to alter, modify, supersede, supplant or otherwise nullify any recorded and enforceable street maintenance agreement and/or trust indenture or requirements thereof, whether or not relating to or in manner connected with the subject matter hereof.
C. 
Nothing contained herein shall limit the City's authority to regulate traffic pursuant to Title III of this Code.
[R.O. 1997 § 315.180; Ord. No. 1943 § 1, 6-10-2013]
When the proper signs are posted prohibiting such travel, no person shall operate any motor vehicle directly between the points specified in Schedule XV of this Code[1] along the roadways specified in Schedule XV of this Code at specified times.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 390, Traffic Schedules.