Device name(s): Lateral Shift

Lateral Shift

Approximate Cost: $15,000 – $20,000

Definition: A  lateral shift is two intermittent curb extensions and a median constructed in the roadway. The curb extensions and median create curves in the roadway that motorists’ have to maneuver through, which results in speed reduction.

Fast Facts:

  • Can be used on Local Street- yes
  • Can be used on Collector- yes
  • Can be used on Arterial-  no
  • Reduces Speed- yes
  • Reduces Volume- no
  • Noise Impact- no
  • Restricts Access- no
  • Bicyclist Impact- possible
  • Transit Impact- no
  • Parking Impact- yes
  • Emergency Response Impact- no


  • effective in reducing speeds


  • increases in regular maintenance
  • loss of parking

Laterial Shift