Traffic Signs Policy

Purpose


The purpose of the Traffic Signs Policy (PDF) is to establish uniformity and consistency in the application, installation, and maintenance of traffic signs on the City of Blaine's roadway system.

This policy recognizes that the MN MUTCD is the standard for all traffic control devices on all public roads in Minnesota, and therefore all traffic control devices on the City of Blaine's roadway system must conform to its standards and specifications as specified in Minnesota Statute 169.06. Blaine's Code of Ordinances, Section 82-2, confirms this by adopting the regulatory provisions of Minnesota Statute, Chapter 169.

The Traffic Signs Policy (PDF) officially recognizes the rule in the MN MUTCD that establishes minimum retroreflectivity levels for traffic signs and describes how the City of Blaine achieves compliance.

Benefits of Limited Traffic Sign Use


It is in the interest of the City of Blaine and the public to prevent the excessive use of traffic signs on the city roadway system. A conservative use of traffic signs reduces maintenance costs and improves the effectiveness of the remaining signs. Limiting the excessive use of traffic signs achieves the following:
  • Champions a command of attention
  • Fosters respect by road users, and reduces conflicts that may restrict time for a proper response that cumulatively improves traffic safety for all users
  • Fulfills demonstrated needs
  • Pursues the goals of the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths partnership in the City of Blaine
  • Reduces clutter that impedes the conveyance of a clear and simple meaning

Traffic Sign Requirements


All traffic signs on the City of Blaine's roadway system must conform to the MN MUTCD. Traffic signs not explicitly required to be installed by the MN MUTCD should not be installed on the City of Blaine's roadway system unless otherwise specified in this policy or authorized by the City Council.

View the Traffic Sign Installation page for information on the how it is determined traffic signs will be installed, and the Traffic Sign Maintenance page for policies regarding the replacement of signs.