Why Road Signs are Important

Jun 3, 2019 | Traffic Signs

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What are Traffic Signs?

If you commute regularly, there’s no doubt that you experience construction signs regularly along your route. Traffic signs are utilized as a method of warning and guiding drivers, helping to regulate the flow of traffic among vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles and others who travel the streets, highways and other roadways. All road traffic signs, construction signs, and parking lot signs are intended to convey a clear, yet simple message. The signs should always be prominent enough to command attention and placed in a manner that gives drivers adequate time to respond to the command. Traffic signs and road signs also use consistent shapes, colors, and symbols to keep a consistent message.


Who Makes Road Sign Decisions

Before traffic signs are placed, municipalities will commission an engineering study to gauge its necessity and usefulness in a particular location. After all, no one would want to travel roadways where signs are placed haphazardly and without just cause. Doing so would eventually cause some drivers to fail to respect the traffic signs, possibly causing traffic incidents instead of preventing them. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration website, because road signs impose legal obligations on all drivers, the signs need to be authorized by the local government. Traffic signs are consistent from one municipality to another – the reason is simple. Let’s say, for example, that a driver is travelling across several states. Construction signs in Texas conform to the same design as construction signs in Colorado (or any other state, for that matter), so that the messaging is not confusing when a driver is operating in unfamiliar regions.


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What is the Purpose of Traffic Signs

Going back to their overall purpose for a moment, road traffic signs in Colorado are placed for the purpose of warning drivers and maintaining a steady traffic flow; inconsistent messaging would make that difficult (if not entirely impossible) in a highly mobile society with motor vehicle operators travelling unfamiliar regions every single day.

Types of Traffic and Road Signs

Regulatory Signs

An example of regulatory signs are stop signs, yield signs, one-way signs, speed limit, No U-Turn, One-Way, No Parking and Road Closed signs. They regulate the speed and flow of traffic and parking.

Warning Signs

Warning signs are usually in a diamond shape and bright yellow. Warning signs warn drivers of such things as merging traffic, railroad and bicycle crossings and traffic signals ahead.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Signs

These types of road signs indicate pedestrian crosswalks as well as where bike lanes begin and end on main roadways.

Guide Signs

Typical guide signs include interstate and highway signs, destination distance signs, mile markers, roadway junction signs, and highway exit signs.


Motorist Services and Recreation Signs

These signs indicate recreation areas like campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas, gas stations, emergency services, and rest areas.

School Signs

School signs warn drivers that a school is nearby, directing them to drop their speeds and to watch for children and pedestrians.


How to Order Traffic Signs

When construction companies, cities, HOA’s, and other groups in Colorado need traffic signs & custom parking lot signs, Connecting Signs offers a wide range of sign solutions. Our team will be happy to provide you with consulting services, should you need them, as well as a full line of standard and one-of-a-kind custom traffic and parking lot signs for your project. Give us a call today at 970-493-0133 or request a quote here to get your road signs ordered today!

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