Traffic signs are utilized as a method of warning and guiding drivers, helping to regulate the flow of traffic among vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles, and others who travel the streets, highways and other roadways within the City.
The City evaluates requests for new signs and inspects existing sign condition and functionality. Each year, proactively and from resident reports, the City replaces faded, damaged or vandalized signs and maintains signs by straightening posts that are leaning and trimming vegetation around signs that may cause safety issues.
As part of the City’s annual sign inspection program, the Public Works Department inspects approximately 4,000 signs at night in predetermined areas each year to identify signs that have faded, no longer meet the minimum nighttime reflectivity requirements or that require other maintenance. With more than 20,000 signs in the City, this program allows the inspection of each sign once every five years.
Street Name Signs
From 2012-2017, the sign inspection program also included the replacement of the old green street name signs with newer blue signs, which include the City logo. The City uses the logo to identity streets within the City limits which are designated as public roads. The blue signs within the City without the logo indicate a private road.
The City also includes block numbers on their street name signs. Block numbers are used to help guide road users, including emergency responders, around the “grid” that is the Denver Metropolitan Area. Block numbers communicate how far east/west, or north/south you have moved along the grid from the axes.
Note: The City will trim vegetation that is obstructing sign visibility, which causes safety concerns for motorists and pedestrians. All signs should be visible from approximately 200 feet back from the center of the road and have a vertical clearance of eight (8) feet minimum over the sidewalk/walkway and 15 feet clearance over the roadway. Please contact Traffic Engineering Services if you need any guidance on clearing your vegetation.
Use the following link to determine when the signs in your neighborhood are scheduled for their next inspection:
2017 - 2021 Sign Inspection Program