Traffic Signs

To ensure the safety of the public, transportation officials display traffic signs and signals throughout roadways. Traffic signs indicate what drivers are allowed to do when to stop or turn right at a red light; even where deer are known to cross the road at times. The shape, color and content of these signs provide ample information to drivers so that they can make informed decisions and minimize the chances. These signs are placed in both major and minor roadways.

Important Signs to Know:

RAILROAD CROSSINGS: By law, every railroad crossing must have cautionary signs and signals. These signs come in a variety of designs: the most common is the white X-shaped sign with the words "Railroad" and "Crossing" intersecting each other. Also common is the yellow, circular sign with two intersecting lines sprawling from side to side. There is a capital "R" placed on both the right and left side of the sign. All commercial vehicles stop at railroad crossings, whether a train is approaching or not.

WORK ZONE SIGNS: Work zone signs are orange in color with black text. They are often used with digital messages boards and traffic flaggers to channel traffic safely through work areas, while protecting highway workers.

GUIDE SIGNS: These signs have a green background and provide directional information to specific destinations (e.g. routes, distances, major junctions, etc.).