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Learn about signs on state highways, such as advertising signs and business logos, political signs, and memorial signs. You can also find out how to join or support our Adopt-a-Highway roadside clean-up program, and about our sign shop if you are from a government agency or department.


Private memorials are not allowed along state highways due to the safety risks involved to those who wish to place, maintain, or pay respects to a memorial site. This program provides a way to safely memorialize a loved one and raise awareness of others to an important traffic safety issue. Requestors must agree not to visit or hold memorial gatherings at the sign site for the safety of themselves and the traveling public.


When the signed letter and payment have been received, the requestor will be provided a copy of the letter, a receipt, and notification that the sign (or signs) has been ordered. Sign fabrication and installation typically takes from 90 to 120 days from the date the order is placed.


Sign placement depends on the type of highway. For freeways, one sign can be installed along the on-ramp nearest to the collision scene, in the same direction of travel that the collision occurred. For all other highways, signs will be placed near the scene of the collision - one for each direction of travel.


Our jurisdiction does not include county roads or city streets, and we cannot provide signs along those roadway systems. However, some local agencies have adopted similar memorial sign programs, and we can provide contact information for those agencies.


Our Interstate shields conform to Federal M.U.T.C.D. standards and are made from high quality reflective films on .080" aluminum. Enter a number and state name to customize the Interstate shield.You have the option to create a unique sign that represents your desired state or opt for a sign without a state name. Follow these simple instructions to design your custom interstate sign.Choose your state:Pick from any of the 50 US states to display on your sign. If you prefer not to include a state, simply select "BLANK" during the customization process.Choose your digits: You can pick 1, 2, or 3 digits to be displayed on your sign. For single or double-digit signs, the standard 24 inch sign size will be used. For three-digit signs, please note that a wider sign is required. The dimensions for the three-digit sign will be 30 inches wide by 24 inches tall.


The Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) Program is solely administered by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Adoptions usually span a two-mile stretch of roadside, and permits are issued for five-year periods. Groups in good standing may renew their permits indefinitely. Participation is free for all volunteers, and signs are included at no charge. Contractors charge fees for their services (see informational handout link.)


MassDOT maintains directional and informational signs on all state highways. If you would like to request a highway logo sign on one of the state's highways you can do so below. You can apply for your business, tourist center, college, university, or other attractions.


The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, or MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public travel. The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) under 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F.


The MUTCD, which has been administered by the FHWA since 1971, is a compilation of national standards for all traffic control devices, including road markings, highway signs, and traffic signals. It is updated periodically to accommodate the nation's changing transportation needs and address new safety technologies, traffic control tools, and traffic management techniques.


We have state of the art DOT approved software that automatically adjusts the font type and size for the custom signs. These can also be used as shop drawings for those engineers thatrequire shop drawings of custom signs.


Michigan Highway Signs has been manufacturing DOT signs for more than 25 years in Michigan. We use only American made products to maunfacture our signs. We have a 15,000 square footbuilding on 14 acres located in Grand Blanc Michigan.


The Adopt-a-Highway program, and the very similar Sponsor-a-Highway, are promotional campaigns undertaken by U.S. states, provinces and territories of Canada, and some national governments outside North America to encourage volunteers to keep a section of a highway free from litter. In exchange for regular litter removal, an organization (such as Cub Scouts or Knights of Columbus) is allowed to have its name posted on a sign in the section of the highways they maintain.


The program originated in the 1980s when James Evans, an engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), saw debris flying out of a pickup truck bed. Litter cleanup by the city was expensive, so Evans sought the help of local groups to sponsor the cleaning of sections of the highway. The efforts of Billy Black, a TxDOT public information officer, led to quarterly cleanup cycles, volunteer safety training, the issuing of reflective vests and equipment, and the posting of adopt-a-highway signs.


In 1989, California became the 20th state to develop a highway litter control program when the California Department of Transportation began administering the Adopt-A-Highway program for state highways.[3] The program distinguishes between volunteer adoptions and sponsored adoptions. As of 2021[update], more than 120,000 California residents have participated in the program to remove litter, plant trees and wildflowers, removing graffiti, and clearing vegetation along over 15,000 shoulder miles (24,000 shoulder km) of roadside.[4][5]


Some states, such as Nevada, allow both Adopt-a-Highway and Sponsor-a-Highway programs. In both programs, an organization that contributes to the cleanup is allowed to post its name. However, while an adopting organization provides the volunteers who do the litter pickup, a sponsoring organization instead pays professional contractors to do the work. Because of safety concerns, the latter is more typical in highways with high traffic volumes.


The Adopt-A-Highway program allows any organization to participate, which became a point of controversy when the Ku Klux Klan adopted a portion of Interstate 55 just south of St. Louis, Missouri. While legally the program had to uphold the groups' rights to participate, public outcry and repeated destruction of its sign was a cause of concern. In November 2000, the section of highway was designated as the Rosa Parks Freeway after the famous civil rights figure.[6]


In 2001, South Dakota denied participation to a gay and lesbian organization.[7] Governor Bill Janklow eventually allowed the group to participate but had sponsor names removed from all adopt-a-highway signs in the state.[8]


In January 2005, the American Nazi Party adopted a stretch of the rural Sunnyview Road NE outside Salem, Oregon. Two signs were put up along the road that bore the names of the American Nazi Party and NSM. The signs, which cost $500 and were almost immediately subject to vandalism, have since been removed. The American Nazi Party's chair, Rocky J. Suhayda, claimed to have no association with the Adopt a Highway program.


In 2012, PennDOT accepted an Adopt-A-Highway sponsorship along a portion of Interstate 376 in Pittsburgh from a local strip club located in Downtown Pittsburgh. According to PennDOT officials, strip clubs are permitted, along with any other business, to sponsor such projects, since it keeps the roads clean and saves taxpayers money.[12] Despite the sponsorship, the program does not send strippers to clean the roads, but rather sends workers from the state paid for by the club to clean the highways.[13]


ADOT's sign shop, located in Phoenix, is staffed by half a dozen employees turning out every sign you can think of: speed limit signs, stop signs, exit signs, signs on the sides of ADOT buildings, even the text that goes on large signs over and alongside interstates.


The first is screen printing, which uses a printing press to print ink on top of reflective sheeting. The second is electric cutting, or e-cutting, which allows for cutting sign images, special characters or patterns in opaque or translucent vinyl films or reflective sheeting to build the necessary signs.


The shop, on average, produces 300 to 400 signs a month. A routine order takes roughly 15 days on average to turn out. But Shop Superintendent Marvin Phillips says that in cases where a sign is missing or a highway has a long-term closure, an expedited request can be fulfilled within 24 hours. That was the case is 2013 when a landside closed a section of US 89 in northern Arizona and detour signs were needed pronto.


Adding a new highway sign is about more than designing and manufacturing it, Phillips said. The sign has to be installed right so it can stand up to weather, wind and strong drafts created by passing vehicles, especially semis.


First things first: no one involved with the Manual of Traffic Signs actually sells traffic signs. This site is intended to provide information on US road and traffic signs, not to sell any actual tangible product. The owner of this site works with many different sign fabricators and vendors, and tries to be as impartial as practical toward all of them.


  • A simple Web search on the terms "traffic signs" or "traffic signs for sale" should turn up a plethora of vendors offering a variety of signs. When looking at each sign vendor's offerings, there are some criteria you may want to use for selection:Retroreflective sheeting type used on the sign

  • Panel thickness, often expressed in decimal inches. For references, many signs used by agencies use a 0.125" panel thickness

  • Shipping and other costs

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