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The Most Important Qualities of Lane Control Signs

Lane control signs are perhaps the single most important aspect of road traffic management. Keeping all variable message signs and MUTCD signs up-to-date isn’t just a matter of following the rules; it’s a matter of life and death. For example, fatalities decreased by 34% (twice the standard rate of improvement) when the New York City Department of Transportation decided to make engineering changes to certain locations in 2005. Your choice of lane control signs can have an enormous impact on the safety and mobility of your roadways, which means that no single detail is too small to consider.

 

Here are some of the most important qualities to look for in your next signs: 

Compliance
Without a doubt, safety should be your top priority. Complying with any and all Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) regulations is important not only for driver safety, but for your own protection as well. Failure to meet such standards could result in hefty fines and penalties.

Reliability
Your lane control signs need to work day and night, under any type of weather condition. In the case of solar powered variable message signs, you would need to ensure that the charge is sufficient enough to withstand long nights and cloudy days. After all, a broken or unreadable sign isn’t much use to anyone.

Cost-Efficiency
As much as we’d all like to pretend otherwise, all traffic planning programs come with a budget attached — oftentimes, a rather strict one. While you should never compromise quality for efficacy when it comes to something as vital as lane control signs, you want to make sure that you’re getting the most value out of every dollar. Look for companies with a long-standing reputation for quality, guaranteeing that your money is well spent.

Proper traffic control is the first step to making roadways across America safer and more efficient for all travelers. Whether you’re building new or re-engineering an established roadway, your signs will make all the difference in the world when it comes to safety and mobility. Plan your next design with SESA for top-quality signs that meet all MUTCD regulations and match your budget.

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