Community Signs - What You Need to Know

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May 12, 2015
Adam Cook
President
Commonwealth Real Estate Services

Take a look at the signage in your community. Are there signs clearly posted to indicate that your community is private property, has a no soliciting policy, a speed limit, pets must be on a leash or that unregistered/unauthorized vehicles may be towed? These are just some examples, but they are quite common in many manufactured home communities. In order to effectively enforce a policy or rule, the signs indicating those policies or rules must be clearly visible and properly maintained. A sun-bleached sign that used to say No Soliciting or a No Parking sign obscured by a tree or bush, most likely, will not convey the important information that you want people in your community to know.

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.

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