What Font Are Street Signs?

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Highway Gothic

Standard Alphabets for Traffic Control Devices, more commonly referred to as Highway Gothic, is now the only approved font for the design of traffic signs.


The Agency in charge of Highway construction has discontinued approval for a Clearview “PennDOT has very specifically mandated that the standard PennDOT font to name signs, also known as Highway Gothic, paint their lettering so that they are now the only approved font for the design of traffic signs.

FHWA has not made any decisions about Make Your Town High One and Clearview. ThereBelieving that the Highway Gothic font will be used, they maintain the use of those signs’ normal service life but should be replaced with a sign using HighwaySelect a flexible font for routine maintenance. Modern didn’t completely ban all the old graphical aesthetics modifications to fonts are being used in various ways “font” and were initially developed in 1950.

The Font has different configurations known as Frank0 in series (A, B, C…F), the post widens the individual letter sizing and expands the spacing between the letters. Written guide signs like D3-1 must be created separately to grapple with differences in the message or legend that can limit the ability of the PennDOT Handbook provides approval guidelines for street signs.

signs (D3-1). Additionally, the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) states that letters used on street name signs (D3-1) must be composed of a combination of lowercase letters with initial uppercase.

What Size Should a Street Sign Have?

According to the Manual on Traffic Speed Compliance Systems – Procedures and Design Standards, for street name signs to work, the respective name must be placed at least four inches tall, and the name of the road can only be in lower case and be the company that makes 6 tall signs,

For low-speed roads, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices recommends 6-inch upper and lower-case letters in street sign font heights of 9 inches on 6-inch high letters and 8.5-inch signs.

MUTCD Table 2D-2 outlines the recommended letter sizes for all street name signs.

Some cities use existing capital letters to designate sections of a street, where a street map may identify that area as a “section” of the street. 

How big a street name sign should I

It varies in size between 18 to 48 inches. Generally, the width of the sign correlates with the width of the text that is displayed on the sign. For example, Main Street never unfurls so much as a single-foot wide sheet but St. Christopher’s Avenue would need a wider string. The height of a street name sign depends on where it will be placed.

Large signs are used for local roadways with speeds slower than 25 MPH. Small signs are used for roads with speeds over 25 MPH. The recommended sign height is based on the MDOT’s standard for company logo size. If the hit-and-run party happens at a much faster speed.

What colors can a street name sign be?

The only colors for street name signs that have been accepted in the MUTCD are:

Regardless of the background color of the street name sign, the only acceptable color for the sign’s legend (and border, if applicable) is white. If white is used as the background color, then black should be used for the legend and applicable border.

SafetySign.com offers novelty street signs, for private use as gifts or on a property, with red and black background colors. These are not MUTCD compliant.

Street Name Sign Borders

MUTCD Section 2D, Paragraph 14 states, that street signs should meet specific requirements, although borders except for border signs are optional. The most commonly used extruded blades don’t have to have borders.

Put these in your letter

Punctuation on street names should not be used and maybe confuse people. If you put the punctuation on street names, distinguish between upper- and lower-case lettering because you can tell them apart more easily at a distance.

Prefix and suffix

A prefix is a group of letters placed before the root of a word. A suffix is a group of letters placed after the root of a word. In MUTCD Section 2D.43, in Subparagraphs 03 and 09, the prefix or suffix may be included. However, the prefix and suffix must include the usual typesetting abbreviations shown in Table.

A prefix is a string of letters that are added to the beginning of another string. A suffix is a string of letters that are added to the end of another string.

Sign Reflectivity

As municipal signs are installed on streets and roadways, all signs must satisfy some kind of aesthetically pleasing details. The upcoming 2010 edition of the MUTCD shows all of their detailed requirements. An example of an aesthetically pleasing sign would be a reflective street name sign.

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