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Preface

Roadway signs in the United States increasingly use symbols rather than words to convey their message. Symbols provide instant communication with roadway users, overcome language barriers, and are becoming standard for traffic control devices throughout the world. Familiarity with symbols on traffic signs is important for every road user in order to maintain the safety and efficiency of our transportation facilities.

The color of roadway signs is an important indicator of the information they contain. The use of red on signs is limited to stop, yield, and prohibition signs. A white background indicates a regulatory sign; yellow conveys a general warning message; green shows permitted traffic movements or directional guidance; fluorescent yellow/green indicates pedestrian crossings and school zones; orange is used for warning and guidance in roadway work zones; coral is used for incident management signs;** blue indicates road user services, tourist information, and evacuation routes; and brown is for guidance to sites of public recreation or cultural interest.

Sign shape can also alert roadway users to the type of information displayed on a sign. Traffic regulations are conveyed in signs that are rectangular with the longer direction vertical or square. Additional regulatory signs are octagons for stop and inverted triangles for yield. Diamond-shaped signs signify warnings. Rectangular signs with the longer direction horizontal provide guidance information. Pentagons indicate school zones. A circular sign warns of a railroad crossing.

The illustration below shows how the shape and color of a sign indicate the nature of the message.

Image illustrates the shape and color of a sign. Red octagon-shape for regulatory; yellow diamond-shape for warning; green rectangular-shape with the longer direction horizontal shape for guide; blue square for services; orange triangle-shape for construction; brown square shape for recreation; fluorescent yollow/green pentagon-shape for school zone; and coral triangle-shape for incident management.

Test your Sign IQ by taking the interactive shape and color quiz available on the web at http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov. On the navigation bar under Knowledge, select Sign Shape/Color.

Standards for the sign design and application of the signs shown here as well as for other traffic control devices are contained in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Dimension drawings for signs can be found in the Standard Highway Signs book. Both of these books are available in electronic format online at http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov. This web site also contains information on standard lettering used on highway signs and pavement markings and on highway sign color specifications.

Hard copies of the MUTCD can be purchased from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (http://www.aashto.org); the Institute of Transportation Engineers (http://www.ite.org); the American Traffic Safety Services Association (http://www.atssa.com); and the US Government Printing Office (http://www.gpo.gov). The Standard Highway Signs book can be purchase from the US Government Printing Office and the American Traffic Safety Services Association through the web sites listed above.

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Warning Signs

Warning Sign "LEFT TURN AHEAD (W1-1)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with a right-angled arrow pointing up and to the left. Warning Sign "LEFT REVERSE TURN AHEAD (W1-3)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with an upward-pointing arrow with a 90-degree turn to the left and then a 90-degree turn to the right, straightening to a vertical direction. Warning Sign "RIGHT CURVE AHEAD (W1-2)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with an arrow curving up and to the right. Warning Sign "SHARP CURVE TO RIGHT (W1-6)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular sign with a large horizontal arrow pointing to the right. Warning Sign "WINDING ROAD LEFT AHEAD (W1-5)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with an upward-pointing arrow that curves sharply to the left, to the right, to the left, and then straightens to a vertical direction. Warning Sign "HAIRPIN CURVE AHEAD (W1-11)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with an arrow curving to the right and down to form a semicircle.
Warning Sign "VERY SHARP (270 DEGREE) CURVE AHEAD (W1-15)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with an arrow curving to the right and down and back upon itself in a circle. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Warning Sign "SHARP CURVE TO RIGHT (W1-8)" is shown as a vertical rectangular sign with a large chevron arrow pointing to the right. Warning Sign "INTERSECTION WITHIN CURVE AHEAD (W1-10)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with an arrow curving up and to the right with a short diagonal line intersecting the curve on the left. Warning Sign "CROSS ROAD AHEAD (W2-1)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with a vertical black line bisecting a horizontal black line. Warning Sign "Y INTERSECTION AHEAD (W2-5)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with a black Y-shaped symbol. Warning Sign "T INTERSECTION AHEAD (W2-4)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with a black T-shaped symbol.
Warning Sign "T INTERSECTION (W1-7)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular sign with a large horizontal double-headed arrow. Warning Sign "CIRCULAR INTERSECTION AHEAD (W2-6)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows three curved black arrows curving to the left in a circular pattern. It is shown above a W16-12p sign. It is shown as a horizontal rectangular supplemental plaque with the words "TRAFFIC CIRCLE" on two lines. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Warning Sign "SIDE ROAD (LEFT) (W2-2)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows a vertical black line with a horizontal black line extending to the left from the middle of the vertical line. Warning Sign "SIDE ROAD AT ANGLE (RIGHT) (W2-3)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows a vertical black line with a diagonal black line extending up and to the right from the middle of the vertical line. Warning Sign "ENTERING ROADWAY MERGE (RIGHT) (W4-1a)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows a diagonal arrow pointing up and to the right and a curved line joining the shaft of the arrow on the right side. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Warning Sign "ENTERING ROADWAY ADDED LANE (RIGHT) (W4-3a)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows a diagonal arrow pointing up and to the right. This arrow is to the left of a dividing line that changes from solid to dotted and a curved arrow to the right of the dotted line. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing.
Warning Sign "MERGING TRAFFIC (FROM RIGHT) AHEAD (W4-1)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows a black arrow pointing up and a curved line joining the bottom shaft of the arrow on the right side. Warning Sign "ADDED LANE (FROM LEFT) (W4-3)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows an arrow pointing up to the left of a dividing line that changes from solid to dotted and a curved arrow to the right of the dotted line. Warning Sign "HILL (W7-1)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with a symbol of a truck pointing to the left and down on a ramp that slopes up from the left to right. Warning Sign "HILL WITH GRADE (W7-1b)" is shown as the same as W7-1 with the addition of "8%" under the ramp. Warning Sign "TRUCK ROLLOVER WARNING FOR SHARP CURVE (W1-13)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with an arrow curving to the right and down over a symbol of a truck tipped to the left at a 45-degree angle. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Warning Sign "ADVISORY SPEED, TRUCK ROLLOVER WARNING FOR SHARP CURVE (W1-13a)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with an arrow curving to the right and down over a symbol of a truck tipped to the left at a 45-degree angle, with the number 25 below. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing.
Warning Sign "EMERGENCY RAMP FOR RUNAWAY TRUCKS ON STEEP DOWNGRADE (W7-4c)" is shown as a square sign with the words "TRUCK ESCAPE RAMP" on three lines. Warning Sign "LOW CLEARANCE AHEAD (W12-2)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows an upward-pointing black arrow above the notation "14 feet-4 inches," which is above a downward-pointing black arrow. Warning Sign "TRUCK CROSSING (W11-10)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with a symbol of a left-facing box truck. Warning Sign "DEER CROSSING (W11-3)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with a symbol of a left-facing deer. Warning Sign "CATTLE CROSSING (W11-4)" is shown as a diamond-shaped symbol sign with a symbol of a left-facing cow. Warning Sign "FARM MACHINERY CROSSING (W11-5a)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with an oblique symbol of a tractor.
Warning Sign "SNOWMOBILE CROSSING (W11-6)" is shown as a diamond-shaped symbol sign with a symbol of a left-facing snowmobile and driver. Warning Sign "FIRE STATION (W11-8)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with a symbol of a left-facing fire engine. Warning Sign "YIELD AHEAD (W3-2a)" is shown as a sign with an upward-pointing black arrow above a downward-pointing equilateral triangular red and white yield symbol. Warning Sign "SIGNAL AHEAD (W3-3)" is shown as a sign with a symbol of a vertical traffic signal with red, yellow, and green circular lights. Warning Sign "TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROLLED BY AN APPROACHING EMERGENCY VEHICLE (W11-12p)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular supplemental plaque with the words "EMERGENCY SIGNAL AHEAD" on three lines. Warning Sign "STOP AHEAD (W3-1a)" is shown as a sign with an upward-pointing black arrow above an octagonal red stop sign symbol.
Warning Sign "TRAFFIC LAWS ENFORCED BY CAMERA (W16-10)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular sign with the words "PHOTO ENFORCED" on two lines. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Warning Sign "SLIPPERY WHEN WET (W8-5)" is shown as a sign with a black symbol of car at the top of the sign. Two vertical wavy lines extend down from the car tires. Warning Sign "LANE REDUCTION RIGHT LANE ENDS (W4-2)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows vertical straight line on the left vertical line on the right that angle toward the left half way up, short vertical dotted line between them that is the length of the vertical section of the line on the right. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Warning Sign "ROAD NARROWS (W5-1a)" is shown as a diamond-shape sign. It shows two vertical lines that are narrow at the center of the road, with short vertical dotted line between the two lines. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Warning Sign "DIVIDED HIGHWAY AHEAD (W6-1)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. At the top of the sign, a depiction of the plan view of the nose of a traffic island is shown. A vertical downward-pointing arrow is shown to the left of the island, curving to depict movement to the left of the nose of the island. A vertical upward-pointing arrow is shown to the right of the island, curving to depict movement to the right of the nose of the island. Warning Sign "TWO WAY TRAFFIC (W6-3)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows a vertical downward-pointing arrow to the left of a vertical upward-pointing arrow.
Warning Sign "NO PASSING ZONE (W14-3)" is shown as a pennant-shaped isosceles triangle. Its longer axis is shown as horizontal and pointing to the right with the words "NO PASSING ZONE" on three lines. Warning Sign "ADVISORY SPEED (W13-1)" is shown as a square sign with the legend "35 MPH" on two lines, with "35" in large numerals. Warning Sign "ADVISORY SPEED ON EXIT RAMP (W13-3)" is shown as a vertical rectangular sign. It shows the word "RAMP" above a horizontal dividing line. Below this line, the legend "35 MPH," with "35" in large numerals, is shown on two lines. Warning Sign "ADVISORY SPEED ON DECELERATION LANE FOR EXIT (W13-2)" is shown as a vertical rectangular sign. It shows the word "EXIT" above a horizontal dividing line. Below the line, the legend "25 MPH," with "25" in large numerals, is shown on two lines. Warning Sign "ADVISORY TURN SPEED (W1-9)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with a right-angled arrow pointing up and to the right over the numerals "25." Emplty Cell

Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Signs

Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "RAILROAD CROSSING AHEAD (W10-1)" is shown as a round yellow sign with a black border and legend. A black "X" covers the sign, and two "R's" are shown in the left and right quadrants of the sign. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "RAILROAD CROSSBUCK (R15-1)" is shown as composed of two horizontal rectangular white signs placed one on top of the other to form an "x," denoting a cross buck. In black letters, the word "RAILROAD" is shown on the piece running from northwest to southeast, and the word "CROSSING" is shown on the piece running from southwest to northeast. A note states that the sign is drilled for 90-degree mounting. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "DO NOT PASS STOPPED TRAINS (R15-5)" is shown as a vertical rectangular sign. It shows a head-on symbol of a light rail transit vehicle on a cross section of track with a symbol of a person exiting the vehicle. Under these symbols, the words "DO NOT PASS" are shown on two lines. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "LOW GROUND CLEARANCE ON TRACK (W10-5)" is shown as a diamond-shaped symbol sign with a symbol of a flatbed truck crossing a vertically placed railroad track with the flatbed touching the track. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "HIGHWAY-RAIL CROSSING ON SIDE ROAD TO RIGHT (W10-2)" is shown as a diamond-shaped yellow sign with a black border and legend. The sign shows a cross intersection with an elongated right arm. A symbol of a vertical railroad track is shown across the right arm.
Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "LIGHT RAIL ONLY LANE (R15-4a)" is shown as a vertical rectangular sign with a black panel on the top third of the sign. The words "RIGHT LANE" are shown in white on the panel above a black symbol of a light rail transit vehicle on a cross section of track above the word "ONLY" in black. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "NO LEFT TURN ACROSS TRACKS (R3-2a)" is shown as a square sign. It shows a vertical track with a head-on symbol of a vertical black arrow bent at a 90-degree angle pointing to the left. A red circle and diagonal red slash are shown superimposed on the image. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "DO NOT DRIVE ON TRACKS (R15-6)" is shown as a square sign. It shows a vertical track with a head-on symbol of an automobile superimposed on the track. A red circle and diagonal red slash are shown superimposed on the image. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT STATION AHEAD (I-12)" is shown as a square green sign with a white border and legend. It shows a symbol of a head-on view of a light rail transit vehicle on a track to the left of a symbol of a person standing on a rail station platform. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "LIGHT RAIL VEHICLE APPROACHING (W10-7)" is shown as a square black sign with a yellow border and legend. It shows a yellow symbol of a head-on view of a light rail transit vehicle on a track.
Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "DIVIDED HIGHWAY TRANSIT RAIL CROSSING (R15-7)" is shown as a square sign. It shows the words "DIVIDED" and "HIGHWAY" above and below a symbol of a four-legged intersection with a left-pointing arrow at the top, a right-pointing arrow at the bottom, and a vertical road crossing these two arrows and continuing in each direction. Between the two sections of highway, two horizontal tracks are shown. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SIGN FOR VEHICLE STALLED ON TRACKS (I-13)" is shown as a square sign with the words "TO REPORT STALLED VEHICLE ON TRACKS OR OTHER EMERGENCY CALL 1-XXX-XXX-XXXX AND REFER TO CROSSING #XXX-XXXX ON STREET NAME RD" on seven lines. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "LOOK BOTH WAYS AT TRACK (R15-8)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular sign with a horizontal two-direction arrow above the word "LOOK." Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "NO TRAIN HORN (W10-9)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular plaque with the words "NO TRAIN HORN" on one line. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "NO SIGNAL AT TRACKS (W10-10)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular plaque with the words "NO SIGNAL" on one line.

Limited Vehicle Storage Space Between Intersection and Tracks

Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "LIMITED VEHICLE STORAGE SPACE BETWEEN INTERSECTION AND TRACKS (W10-11)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign with a symbol of a T-shaped intersection with a symbol of a horizontal railroad track across the vertical arm. Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossing Sign "LIMITED VEHICLE STORAGE SPACE BETWEEN INTERSECTION AND TRACKS (W10-11a)" is shown as a vertical rectangular sign with the words "XX FEET BETWEEN TRACKS & HIGHWAY" on four lines.

Temporary Traffic Control Signs

Temporary Traffic Control Signs "WORKERS AHEAD (W21-1a)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows the symbol of a silhouette of a person holding a shovel and digging. Temporary Traffic Control Signs "FLAGGER AHEAD (W20-7a)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows the symbol of a silhouette of a person standing with the arm to the left (facing the viewer) extended horizontally away from their body and extending a flag staff horizontally with the flag hanging down. Their free arm is shown bent with the palm above shoulder level. Temporary Traffic Control Signs "UTILITY WORK AHEAD (W21-7)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows the words "UTILITY WORK AHEAD" on three lines. Temporary Traffic Control Signs "SHOULDER WORK 9W21-5)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows the words "SHOULDER WORK" on two lines. Temporary Traffic Control Signs "RIGHT SHOULDER CLOSED (W21-5a)" is shown as a diamond-shaped sign. It shows the words "RIGHT SHOULDER CLOSED" on three lines. Temporary Traffic Control Signs "RIGHT TWO LANES CLOSED (W20-5A)" is shown with the words "RIGHT TWO LANES CLOSED ½ MILE" on four lines.
Temporary Traffic Control Signs "EXIT CLOSED (E5-2a)" is shown as an orange sign with a black border and legend. It shows the words "EXIT CLOSED" on two lines. Temporary Traffic Control Signs "DETOUR (M4-10)" is shown as a black sign with orange border. It shows the word "DETOUR" in black superimposed on a large right-pointing orange arrow. Temporary Traffic Control Signs "ROAD WORK NEXT FIVE MILES (G20-1)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular sign. It shows the words "ROAD WORK NEXT 5 MILES" on two lines. Temporary Traffic Control Signs "END ROAD WORK (G20-2a)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular sign. It shows the words "END ROAD WORK" on two lines.
Temporary Traffic Control Signs "SLOW TRAFFIC AHEAD (W23-10" is shown as a horizontal rectangular sign. It shows the words "SLOW TRAFFIC AHEAD" on two lines. empty cell

Regulatory Signs

Regulatory Sign "STOP (R1-1) is shown as an octagonal sign with a white border and the legend "STOP" in white on a red background. Regulatory Sign "MULTI-WAY STOP (R1-3)" is shown as a small horizontal rectangular supplementary plaque with a white border and the legend "4-WAY" in white on a red background. Regulatory Sign "YIELD (R1-2)" is shown as a downward-pointing equilateral triangle with a wide red border and the legend "YIELD" in red on a white background. Regulatory Sign "DO NOT ENTER (R5-1)" is shown as a square white sign with a solid red disc in the middle. The words "DO NOT" and "ENTER" are shown in white above and below, respectively, a thick horizontal white line. Regulatory Sign "NO LEFT TURN (R3-2)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border. A vertical black arrow is shown bent at a 90-degree angle pointing to the left. A red circle and diagonal slash running from the upper left to the lower right are shown superimposed on the arrow. Regulatory Sign "NO U TURN (R3-4)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border and legend. A vertical black u-shaped arrow is shown pointing downward with the arrowhead on the left part of the "u." A red circle and diagonal slash running from the upper left to the lower right are shown superimposed on the arrow.
Regulatory Sign "NO U TURN OR LEFT TURN (R3-18)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border and legend. A vertical black u-shaped arrow is shown pointing downward with two arrowheads on the left part of the "u": one at a 90-degree angle to the left and another pointing downward. A red circle and diagonal slash running from the upper left to the lower right are shown superimposed on the arrow. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Regulatory Sign "NO TRUCKS (R5-2)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border. A black symbol of a left-facing box truck is shown with a red circle and diagonal red slash running from the upper left to the lower right superimposed on it. Regulatory Sign "NO PARKING (R8-3a)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border and the letter "P" in black inside a red circle with a red slash through the "P." Regulatory Sign "HAZARDOUS MATERIALS PROHIBITED (R14-3)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border and the black letters "HM" inside a red circle with a red slash across the letters. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Regulatory Sign "REVERSIBLE LANE CONTROL (R3-9d)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border. The sign is shown divided horizontally into thirds by two vertical black lines that extend from the upper to lower border. The sign is also divided vertically into two sections by a horizontal black line one-fourth of the way from the bottom border. On the left third of the sign, a large red "X" is shown above the horizontal black line, and the legend "7-9 AM" in black is shown below the line. On the middle third of the sign, a vertical black arrow is shown above the line with two arrowheads: one pointing upward and one on the left curving up and to the left. The legend "4-6 PM" in black is shown below the line. On the right third of the sign, two opposing curving arrows are shown above the line, one pointing upward and to the left, and one pointing downward and to the right. The bases of the shafts of the two arrows are directly in line with each other in the vertical axis. The word "ONLY" in black is shown centered below the arrows. The words "OTHER TIMES" in black are shown on two lines below the horizontal line. Regulatory Sign "REVERIBLE LANE AHEAD (R3-9g)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. The words "BEGIN REVERSE LANE AT COLORADO BLVD." in black are shown on two lines.
Regulatory Sign "END REVERSIBLE LANE (R3-9i)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. On the left, a smaller vertical rectangular white sign is shown with a black border and black legend. A vertical black arrow is shown curving up and to the left above the word "ONLY" in large letters. To the right of this sign, the words "END REVERSE LANE" in black are shown on three lines. Regulatory Sign "DIVIDED HIGHWAY (R6-3)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border and the words "DIVIDED" and "HIGHWAY" in black on two lines above and below, respectively, two thick horizontal black arrows intersected by a thick black vertical line. The upper horizontal arrow is shown pointing to the left, and the lower arrow to the right. The vertical line extends above and below the horizontal arrows. Regulatory Sign "U-TURN YIELD TO RIGHT TURN (R10-16)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and the words "U-TURN YIELD TO RIGHT TURN" in black on five lines. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Regulatory Sign "SPEED LIMIT METRIC (R2-1)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. The words "SPEED LIMIT" are shown on two lines above the numerals "80" enclosed in a red circle, and the letters "km/h" are shown on the bottom line. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Regulatory Sign "RESERVED FOR HANDICAPPED PARKING (R7-8)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a green border and the words "RESERVED PARKING" in green on two lines above a blue handicapped symbol. A two-direction horizontal green arrow is shown below the symbol. Regulatory Sign "HOV LANE AHEAD (R3-12)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. The words "HOV LANE" are shown on two lines on the top third of the sign above a black panel with a white diamond outline symbol centered horizontally, which is above the word "AHEAD" on the bottom line of the sign.
Regulatory Sign "TRUCK WEIGHT LIMIT (R12-5)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. The words "WEIGHT LIMIT" are shown in black on two lines. The next line shows a black symbol for a box truck to the left of the quantity "8T," which is right-aligned. The next line shows a black symbol for a tractor trailer truck to the left of the quantity "12T," which is right-aligned. The bottom line shows a black symbol for a box truck pulling a trailer to the left of the quantity "16T," which is right-aligned. Regulatory Sign "PROPERLY LABELED AND CERTIFIED LOW EMISSION VEHICLES ARE PERMITTED IN HOV LANE, REGARDLESS OF NUMBER OF OCCUPANTS (R3-10b)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. The top third of the sign is shown as a black panel with a white diamond outline symbol centered horizontally. This panel is above the words "INHERENTLY LOW EMISSION VEHICLES ALLOWED" on five lines. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Regulatory Sign "TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROLLED BY AN APPROACHING EMERGENCY VEHICLE (R10-13)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border and the words "EMERGENCY SIGNAL" in black on two lines. Regulatory Sign "TRAFFIC LAWS ENFORCED BY CAMERA (R10-19)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border and the words "PHOTO ENFORCED" in black on two lines. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Regulatory Sign "ONE WAY (R6-1)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular black sign with a white border. The words "ONE WAY" in black are superimposed on a large left-pointing white arrow. Regulatory Sign "TOW-AWAY ZONE FOR PARKING VIOLATIONS (R7-201a)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white supplemental plaque with a black border and a black symbol of a tow truck towing a car.

Mandatory Movements in Lanes at an Intersection

Regulatory Sign "STRAIGHT AHEAD ONLY (R3-5a)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. A vertical black arrow is shown pointing upward above the word "ONLY." Regulatory Sign "RIGHT TURN ONLY (R3-5)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. A vertical black arrow is shown curving up and to the right above the word "ONLY." Regulatory Sign "INTERSECTION LANE CONTROL (R3-8)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border and legend. On the left half of the sign, a vertical black arrow is shown curving up and to the left above the word "ONLY." A short black vertical line is shown to its right. On the right half of the sign, a vertical black arrow is shown with two arrowheads: one pointing upward and one on the left curving up and to the left. Regulatory Sign "TWO WAY LEFT TURN ONLY (R3-9a)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. Two opposing curving arrows are shown, one pointing upward and to the left, and one pointing downward and to the right. The bases of the shafts of the two arrows are directly in line with each other in the vertical axis. The word "ONLY" in black is shown centered below the arrows. Regulatory Sign "LEFT OR THROUGH (R3-6)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. A vertical black arrow is shown with two arrowheads: one pointing upward and one on the left curving up and to the left. To the right of this sign, the word "OR" is shown to the left of the same sign with the addition of the word "OK" above the curving arrowhead on the left.

Guide Signs

Guide Sign "INTERSTATE ROUTE MARKER (M1-1)" is shown as a cutout shield with a white border. In the top fourth of the shield, the word "INTERSTATE" is shown in white on a red background above a horizontal white line that extends across the width of the sign. Below the line, the large numerals "22" are shown in white on a blue background. The sign is labeled "Interstate Route Sign." Guide Sign "U.S. ROUTE MARKER (M1-4)" is shown as a black square with a white shield. The black numerals "40" are shown on it. The sign is labeled "U.S. Route Sign." Guide Sign "STATE ROUTE MARKER (M1-5)" is shown as a black square with a white area in the shape of a state. The black numerals "21" are shown on it. The sign is labeled "State Route Sign." Guide Sign "NATIONAL FOREST ROUTE MARKER (M1-7)" is shown as a brown trapezoid with a slightly wider top and a white border and legend. The large white numerals "13" are shown in the top two-thirds of the sign above a horizontal white line that extends across the width of the sign. Below the line, the words "National Forest" are shown in white cursive lettering on two lines at the bottom of the sign. The sign is labeled "Forest Route Sign." Guide Sign "COUNTY ROUTE MARKER (M1-6)" is shown as an upward-pointing blue pentagon, with a yellow border and legend. The word "LASSEN" above the large numerals "16" and the word "COUNTY" are shown on three lines. The sign is labeled "County Route Sign." Guide Sign "NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAYS MARKER (D6-4)" is shown as a square white sign with a blue border. At the top of the sign, a logo of a waving blue flag is shown in the shape of an undulating two-lane highway with a dashed white centerline, with one white star on the centerline. Below the flag are the words "AMERICA'S BYWAYS" in red on two lines. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing.
Guide Sign "HURRICANE EVACUATION ROUTE (EM-1)" is shown as a square sign with a blue circular disk on which are shown a white arrow and white lettering. A vertical upward-pointing white arrow is shown above the words "HURRICANE EVACUATION ROUTE" shown on three lines. An asterisk to the right of the sign is denoted as "HURRICANE is an example of one type of evacuation route. Legends for other types may also be used, or this line of text may be omitted." Guide Sign "DESTINATION DISTANCE SIGN (E7)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular green sign with white lettering and border. The top line shows the black numeral "38", shown to the left of the numeral "5." The middle line shows the word "Greenville" to the left of the numerals "40." The bottom line shows the words "St. Louis" to the left of the numerals "125." The three numerals are shown with the final digit aligned vertically near the right edge of the sign. Guide Sign "INTERCHANGE ADVANCE EXIT SIGN (E1-1)" is shown as a square sign. It is shown as identical to the E1-1 sign except that the fourth line shows the words "EXITS 2 MILES" instead of "2 MILES" and no plaque is shown above the sign. Guide Sign "INTERCHANGE EXITE SIGN (E5-1a)" is shown as a square green sign with white lettering and border and with the word "EXIT" on the top line and the numerals "44" to the left of a diagonal white arrow pointing up and to the right on the bottom line. Guide Sign "NAMED HIGHWAY (M1-10)" is shown as a square blue sign with a white border and legend. It is shown with five white five-point stars in a five-point star pattern above the words "EISENHOWER INTERSTATE SYSTEM" in a sans serif typeface on three lines.
Guide Sign "PARK & RIDE (D4-2)" is shown as a vertical rectangular green sign with white borders and legends, with a white outline symbol of a vehicle carrying five persons in the top right corner of the panel. Under this outline symbol the words "PARK &" are shown on the top line and the word "RIDE" is shown on underneath and at the bottom is a horizontal arrow pointing to the right. Guide Sign "MILE MARKER (D10-3)" is shown with the word "MILE" on the first line, the numeral "4" on the second line, the numeral "4" on the third line, and the numeral "4" on the fourth line. Guide Sign "ROADWAY IDENTIFICATION AND MILE MARKER (D10-7)" is shown with the word "WEST" on the top line, a white U.S. Route shield with the numerals "12" on it on the second line, the word "MILE" on the third line, and the numerals "260" on the fourth line. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Guide Sign "ROADWAY IDENTIFICATION AND MILE MARKER MEASURED TO ONE-TENTH OF A MILE (D10-8) is shown with the word "WEST" on the top line, a white U.S. Route shield with the numerals "12" on it on the second line, the word "MILE" on the third line, the numerals "260" on the fourth line, a horizontal dividing line, and the decimal numeral ".2" on the fifth line. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Guide Sign "DIAGRAMMATIC GUIDE SIGN" is shown as a horizontal rectangular green sign with a white border and legend. It shows a plan view of one direction of a highway with an exit to the left. The plan view consists of a vertical upward-pointing arrow on the shaft of which is shown, in the middle of the shaft, a dashed green vertical line. A smaller shafted curving arrow is shown diverging from the vertical arrow shaft and pointing upward and to the left. To the left of this plan view, the word "WEST" is shown to the left of the black numerals "22" on a white U.S. route shield on the top line, the word "Trenton" on the middle line, and the words "1 MILE" on the bottom line. To the right of the arrowhead of the upward-pointing arrow in the plan view, the word "NORTH" is shown above a red and blue Interstate Route shield on which the white numerals "495" are shown.
Guide Sign "ROADWAY JUNCTION (M2-2)" is shown as a green sign with a white border. It shows the word "JUNCTION" in white on the top line and, on the bottom line, the black numeral "47" is shown on a white U.S. shield to the left of a black numeral "3" shown on a white disk. Guide Sign "MUST EXIT LANE (E11-1)" is shown as a single panel with the word "EXIT" and the word "ONLY" separated by a downward-pointing vertical black arrow with a short shaft, all on one line. Guide Sign "COLOR-CODED GUIDE SIGNS. THE COLORED SQUARES AID ROADWAY USERS IN DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN MULTPLE, POTENTIALLY CONFUSING DESTINATIONS" is shown as a horizontal rectangular green sign with a white border and legend. It shows an upward-pointing short white arrow to the left of a yellow square and the words "Theater District" in white. The one below has a orange square to the left of the word "Downtown Shopping" in white and a right-pointing horizontal short white arrow. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. empty cell

Motorist Services and Recreation Signs

Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "TENT CAMPING (D9-3)" is shown as a square sign with a symbol of a tent. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "FOOD (D9-8)" is shown as a square sign with a symbol of a vertical fork and knife on a plate. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "LODGING (D9-9)" is shown as a square sign with a stylized symbol of a person in a bed. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "TELEPHONE (D9-1)" is shown as a square sign with a symbol of a telephone receiver. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "HOSPITAL (D9-2)" is shown as a square sign with a large letter "H." Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (D9-13)" is shown as a square sign with a symbol of a physician's caduceus superimposed on a six-sided cross.
Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "INFORMATION (D9-10)" is shown as a square sign with a large question mark. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE FACILITY (D9-5)" is shown as a square sign with a stylized symbol of a right-facing person in a wheelchair. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "GAS (D9-7)" is shown as a square sign with a symbol of a gas pump. It is labeled "Gas." Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "DIESEL FUEL (D9-11)" is shown as a square sign with a symbol of a gas pump with the letter "D" on the pump. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "ALTERNATIVE FUEL COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS (D9-11a)" is shown as a square sign with a symbol of a gas pump with the letters "CNG" placed vertically on the pump. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "ALTERNATIVE FUEL, ELECTRIC VEHICLES" is shown as a square sign with a symbol of a gas pump with the letters "EV" placed on the pump with two vertical sockets symbols. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing.
Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "TRAVELER INFORMATION CALL 911 (D12-5)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular blue sign with a white border and legend. It shows the words "TRAVEL INFO CALL 511" on the next three lines. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "REST AREA (D5-2)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular sign with the words "REST AREA" on two lines and, to the right of the text, a diagonal arrow pointing up and to the right. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "BATHROOMS (RM-140)" is shown with the stylized symbols of a woman in a dress to the left of a man in front of side-by-side doors with top edges that angle up toward the center. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "DRINKING WATER (RG-050)" is shown with a drinking glass with a wave at the top. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "PICNIC AREA (RM-120)" is shown with a symbol of a picnic table. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "LITTER BARREL (RG-130)" is shown with a symbol of a person putting trash into a container.
Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "LAUNDRY FACILITIES (RA-060)" is shown with the symbols of a washing machine. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "AUTO MECHANIC (RM-100)" is shown with a symbol of a vertical wrench. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "MOTOR HOME FACILITIES (RM-200)" is shown with a symbol of a recreational vehicle. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "HIKING TRAIL (RL-100)" is shown with a symbol of two people with backpacks and walking sticks. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE TRAIL (RL-170)" is shown with a symbol of a person wearing a helmet riding an all-terrain vehicle. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "SWIMMING AREA (RW-130)" is shown with a symbol of a right-facing person swimming.
Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "BOAT LAUNCH (RW-080)" is shown with a symbol of a boat on a trailer on a 45-degree angle ramp. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "FISHING PIER (RW-160)" is shown with a symbol of a person standing on a railed pier and fishing. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "FERRY SERVICE (RM-030)" is shown with a symbol of a car on a horizontal platform atop a wave. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "WINTER RECREATION AREA (RS-090)" is shown with a large snowflake. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TRAIL (RS-040)" is shown with a symbol of a person on skis with one foot raised and holding ski poles. Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "SNOWMOBILE TRAIL (RS-070)" is shown with a symbol of a person driving a snowmobile. It is labeled "Snowmobiling."
Motorist Services and Recreation Sign "PARKING (D4-1)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a green border and legend. The word "PARKING" is shown with an oversized "P." To the right of the "P" and above the rest of the word, a diagonal green arrow is shown pointing up and to the right. empty cell

Pedestrian and Bicycle Signs

Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "NO PEDESTRIANS (R9-3A)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border and a black symbol of a walking person inside a red circle with a red slash across the symbol. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "NO BICYCLES (R5-6)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border. A black symbol of a left-facing bicycle is shown with a red circle and diagonal red slash running from the upper left to the lower right superimposed on it. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "NO HITCHHIKING (R9-4a)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border and a black symbol of a hand with the thumb extended inside a red circle with a red slash across the symbol. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN DETOUR (M4-9a)" is shown as an orange sign with a black border and legend. It shows symbols for a left-facing bicycle and left-facing walking person on the top line, the word "DETOUR" on the middle line, and a horizontal left-pointing arrow on the bottom line. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "YIELD HERE TO PEDESTRIANS (R1-5)" is shown as a square white sign with a black border. A Yield sign is shown above the word "HERE," which is above a horizontal black arrow curving down and to the left above the word "TO." A black walking person symbol is shown to the right of the arrow. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "NO PARKING, BIKE LANE (R7-9a)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a red border and legend. It shows a black letter "P" inside a red circle with a red diagonal slash superimposed on it above the words "BIKE LANE" in red on two lines.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "BICYCLE PARKING (D4-3)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a green border and legend. It shows a symbol of a bicycle above the word "PARKING" above a left-pointing arrow. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "VEHICLES ENTERING RIGHT TURN LANE MUST YIELD TO BIKES (R4-4)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. It shows the words "BEGIN RIGHT TURN LANE" on two lines above a diagonal arrow pointing down and to the left above the words "YIELD TO BIKES." Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "BICYCLISTS YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS (R9-6)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. It shows a symbol of a bicycle above the words "YIELD TO PEDS" on three lines. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "BICYCLISTS LEFT, PEDESTRIANS RIGHT (R9-7)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. It shows the word "KEEP" in large letters on the top line, the words "LEFT" and "RIGHT" on the second line, with a symbol of a bicycle under the word "LEFT" and a symbol of a person walking under the word "RIGHT" A vertical black line separates the word "LEFT" and bicycle symbol from the word "RIGHT" and person walking symbol. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "BIKE LANE AHEAD (R3-17)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular black sign with a white border. A white symbol of a bicycle is shown on the top two-thirds of the sign. A white panel is shown on the bottom third of the sign with the words "BIKE LANE" in black. Below this sign, R3-17a is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border and the word "AHEAD" in black. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "BIKE LANE ENDS (R3-17)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular black sign with a white border. A white symbol of a bicycle is shown on the top two-thirds of the sign. A white panel is shown on the bottom third of the sign with the words "BIKE LANE" in black. Below this sign,  R3-17b is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border and the word "ENDS" in black. This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "SLIPPERY WHEN WET (BICYCLE) (W8-10)" is shown as a diamond-shaped yellow sign with a black border. It shows a black symbol of a bicycle at a slight angle pointing down and to the left. Two vertical wavy lines are shown extending down from the bicycle tires. Directly below W8-10p is shown as a horizontal rectangular yellow sign with a black border. It shows the words "SLIPPERY WHEN WET" in black on two lines. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "HILL (BICYCLE) (W7-5)" is shown as a diamond-shaped yellow sign with a black border. It shows a black symbol of a bicycle pointing to the left and down on a ramp that slopes up from left to right. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "HANDICAPPED CROSSING (W11-9)" is shown as a green with black borders and legends, diamond-shaped symbol sign with a stylized symbol of a left-facing person in a wheelchair. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "PEDESTRIAN CROSSING (W11-2)" is shown as a green with black borders and legends, diamond-shaped sign with a symbol of a left-facing walking person. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "PLAYGROUND AHEAD (W15-1)" is shown as a green with black borders and legends, diamond-shaped sign with a symbol of two children on a seesaw. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "BICYCLE CROSSING WARNING, SHARE THE ROAD (W11-1)" is shown as a diamond-shaped green sign with a black border. It shows a black symbol of a bicycle, W16-1 sign shown directly below it. W16-1 is shown as a vertical rectangular yellow sign with a black border. It shows the words "SHARE THE ROAD" in black on three lines.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "BICYCLE CROSSING (W11-1)" Is shown again with W16-7p sign shown directly below it. W16-7p is shown as a horizontal rectangular green sign with a black border. It shows a diagonal black arrow pointing down and to the left. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "SCHOOL CROSSWALK AHEAD (S1-1)" is shown as an upward-pointing pentagon-shaped green sign with a black border and black symbols of two left-facing children walking. W16-9p is shown with the word "AHEAD." Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "SCHOOL CROSSWALK (S1-1)" is shown again with W16-7p which is shown as a black border and a diagonal black arrow pointing down and to the left. empty cell

Pedestrian Detour Signs

Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK (R9-8)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border and the words "PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK" in black on two lines. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "SIDEWALK CLOSED AHEAD, CROSS HERE (R9-11)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular white sign with a black border and legend. The words "SIDEWALK CLOSED AHEAD" on two lines and "CROSS HERE" are shown in black above and below, respectively, a large left-pointing horizontal black arrow.

Bicycle Guide Signs

Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "INTERSTATE BICYCLE ROUTE (M1-9)" is shown as a vertical rectangular black sign with a black legend. It shows an inverted white shield, with the numerals "23" in black at the top. Under the numerals, a horizontal black line is shown above a black symbol of a bicycle. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "BICYCLE ROUTE MARKER (M1-8)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign. It shows a green oval with a white symbol of a bicycle above the white numerals "13" on the oval. Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "BICYCLE ROUTE (D11-1)" is shown as a horizontal rectangular green sign with a white border and legend. It shows a symbol of a bicycle above the words "BIKE ROUTE."

Pedestrian Signal Education Plaques

Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "PEDESTRIAN PUSH BUTTON/PEDESTRIAN SIGNAL MEANINGS (R10-3b)" is shown as a vertical rectangular white sign with a black border and legend and with four sections divided by horizontal black lines. The top section shows a walking person symbol to the left of the words "START CROSSING WATCH FOR VEHICLES" on three lines. The next section shows an orange caution symbol of an upraised hand with the palm facing the viewer, labeled "FLASHING," to the left of the words "DON'T START FINISH CROSSING IF STARTED" on three lines. The third section shows an orange caution symbol of an upraised hand with the palm facing the viewer, labeled "STEADY," to the left of the words "DON'T CROSS." The bottom section shows the words "TO CROSS" above a right-pointing black arrow above the words "PUSH BUTTON." Pedestrian and Bicycle Sign "WITH PEDESTRIAN COUNTDOWN TIMER (R10-3e)" is shown as identical to the R10-3b sign except a black panel with the orange numerals "08," labeled "TIME" is shown to the left of the words "TIME REMAINING TO FINISH CROSSING" added to the bottom on the second section.

*This sign was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing.

**The use of coral for incident management signs was anticipated for inclusion in the 2003 edition of the MUTCD at the time of this printing.