The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration specifies the standards for all traffic signs. On both public streets and private property streets on which the public has access, signs must adhere to these standards. Regulatory signs, like stop signs and speed limit signs which are most likely present in your manufactured home community are covered by these rules. Where and how signs must be installed are described in this manual and several rules in particular may affect you and your community. The most recent standards added to the MUTCD specify the minimum height of a stop or speed limit sign and also what materials the sign must be made of.
Here are some important facts that you should be aware of:
- Minimum Height placement of a Stop or Speed limit sign must be 7 ft from the bottom of the sign to the ground.
- Stop signs must be 30” x 30”, white letters, and the standard red octagonal shape.
- Speed limit signs must be 24” wide and 30” tall.
- All signs must be made of a high intensity reflective material to ensure nighttime visibility.
- The condition of the signs must be maintained so that they are easy to recognize and read.
- There is more information available on this topic and can be found on the Federal Highway Administration website: www.fhwa.dot.gov or by searching for the keyword MUTCD.
Article provided by Phil and Missy Sapp, Community Managers, Giadanj Estates and Terri Lynne MHPs and Adam Cook, President, Commonwealth Real Estate Services.