Traffic Control & Safety Concerns

Speed Limits

State law sets the maximum speed limit for local city streets at 30 miles per hour, unless otherwise posted. The City adheres to this standard except in the Central Business District and school areas, where the speed limit is posted at 20 miles per hour. Speed limits can be altered only where a traffic speed study has determined that an altered speed limit is appropriate for the street.

The Police Department responds to speeding vehicle concerns.

Stop Signs

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.

Overnight Parking 

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.