Traffic Signals

Traffic signals work together with the City’s traffic rules to enhance safety in the community and improve the flow of traffic. Traffic signals adhere to design standards and are operated and maintained by the City of New Westminster’s Electric Utility.

When are traffic signals used?

Traffic signals are used at intersections where traffic volumes have increased beyond the ability of lesser controls, such as four-way stops, to safely manage vehicle right-of-way. 

Traffic signals can increase traffic handling capacity of intersections when installed under appropriate conditions and are valuable devices for improving safety for all roadway users. However, traffic signals are not a "cure-all" solution for traffic problems. Unjustified signals can cause excessive delays, driver disobedience, and diversion of traffic into surrounding neighbourhoods. They can also create an increase in the number of rear-end collisions.

Traffic signal design standards

All City of New Westminster's traffic signals have been replaced from 150 watt bulbs to 12 watt LED signal heads. Additional innovations include audible signals, countdown timers and back-up battery supply at major intersections in the event of a power outage.

For feedback about traffic signal design, please contact the Engineering Department at 604-527-4592 or email

Report a traffic signal

To report a traffic signal in need of repair please contact:

Electric Utility
Office hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday
Phone: 604-515-3750

For emergencies outside of office hours:
BC Hydro Emergency Dispatch
Phone: 604-526-8875