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Alert! New Regulations for Traffic Signs on Private Property. Don’t Risk Liability and Potential Lawsuits.

Effective January 17, 2009 Federal Regulation 23 CFR Part 655 goes into effect. It states that ANY road open to public travel must have MUTCD compliant traffic signs.

This new regulation applies to all roads open to public travel - even those on private property including: Ordering a custom sign at is a snap when you plan ahead and have the following information ready when you order.

  • Churches
  • Military Bases
  • Malls
  • Airports
  • Sports Arenas
  • Parks
  • Universities
  • Office Parks
  • Parking Lots

The MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) is the federal standard regarding the color, size, shape, intensity and use of traffic signs and traffic control devices

  • The purpose of the new regulation is to improve safety by giving road user consistent, uniform messages no matter where they travel.
  • If property owners or managers don’t comply with the law, they risk liability if someone is injured or killed on their property.
  • Good, modern signage promotes safety, boosts property image and is more inviting to the public. Good signage can also minimize insurance costs.

Here are a few of the MUTCD specifications:

  • Sign Visibility: Any red, yellow or orange traffic sign must be made with High Intensity reflective material so that it is visible both day and night.
  • Sign Materials: Signs must be steel, aluminum or plastic, not wood.
  • Sign Post Height: Signs should be mounted at 7 feet in urban areas at 5 feet in rural areas.
  • Stop Signs: Stop Signs are required to be red with white lettering and be octagonal in shape.
  • Speed Limit Signs: Speed limits should be posted in 5 MPH increments only.

Click here for additional federal regulation information from the American Traffic Safety Service Association (ATSSA).