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Regulations in Making and Installing Traffic Signs

Custom Signage at the Interstate

An Online Guide to Making Traffic Signs Within USDOT and Local Street Sign Standards

In any state in the United States, you can’t install traffic signs without some sort of governmental permission, typically a local, state, or federal DOT. It’s the same with most other countries run by a government. There are standards one must follow to be able to install highway and street signs, from the design, materials, and location of these signs.

Custom signs displayed along streets, roads or highways must adhere to the standards set by the department of transportation. Browse through some of the articles I have written that cover the rules regarding traffic sign regulations, standards, creation, and installation:

USDOT Standards for Making Traffic Signs

In order for you to be allowed to put up your signs along most roadways, you have to follow the standards set by the United States Department of Transportation, or USDOT. Professional street sign makers can make your lives easier since they are well-accustomed to the “Do’s and Don’ts” of manufacturing traffic signs that pass these requirements. However, it’s desirable to be knowledgeable about certain details to have a bit of a background. Read here regarding USDOT regulations as to how traffic signs should be constructed and installed:

Reflective Sheeting – Engineer, High Intensity, and Diamond Grade

Reflective Traffic Signs Sheeting, Posts, and Aluminum Materials

Traffic Control Devices and Definitions

Traffic Street Signs – USDOT Categories and Regulations

USDOT Standards for Reflective Traffic and Road Signs

USDOT-approved Reflective Road, Highway, or Street Traffic Signs

DOT Regulation of Traffic Light Signals

At times, you’ll notice traffic light signals flashing, go off, or change too soon. I don’t know if you ever had that experience, but in such instances, what should one do if you are the driver? Or, why does that happen? How exactly are these signals regulated in terms of the timing and/or cycle? Learn the answers here:

Authority Control Over Traffic Signs Cycle, Installation, & Standards

The Cycle of Traffic Lights and What to do When They’re Flashing

When Traffic Light Signals Go Off-Rules for Installing Road Signs

Keeping Our Streets and Highways Safe

Traffic signs are intended to maintain good traffic flow and safety at the same time. They serve to protect both the driver and pedestrian. Further understand their relevance in keeping streets and highways safe:

Do Slow Children Signs Imperil Our Kids?

How a STOP Sign Serve Its Purpose, Traffic Devices & Safe Driving

Traffic Signs – Regulation and Safety in the Intersection

How Custom Traffic Signs Are Regulated

There are standard traffic signs, and there are also custom traffic signs. What are these signs and where do we usually see them? See related articles below:

Custom Reflective Aluminum Signs for Businesses or Communities

Get to Know Custom Directional Traffic Signs

Who Regulates Custom Traffic Signs?

The Different Types of Traffic Signs

There are many different types of traffic signs, and not just the more common signs you see such as traffic lights, stop signs, and the like. The materials used are not limited to aluminum and/or steel as there are also those that make use of light, and other signs use digital electronics. Get to know the different types of traffic signs below:

Different Road, Street, Traffic Signs – Color Matters

Digital Electronic Traffic/Highway Signs vs. Illuminated Road Signs

Digital Traffic Signs or Illuminated Traffic Signs


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Barry K. Brown

Barry Brown has been in the Sign, Banner, Decal and Display Business for over 20 years. It isn't what he thought he'd do with his life, but he says he knows too much now to do anything else!

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