Federal Road Sign Requirements

February 27, 2012

Federal transportation rules require local governments to establish and implement a sign maintenance program addressing minimum sign retroreflectivity requirements by January 22, 2012. This date is the current deadline for having a plan in place, although a pending amendment to the federal transportation rules proposes to delay the deadline until two years following adoption of the final rules, which is expected to occur in early to mid-2012. Cities are encouraged to go ahead and adopt a plan or policy to address replacement of signs on city streets.

The Federal Highway Administration has prepared several resources to help local governments understand the rules, deadlines, and guidelines related to sign retroreflectivity requirements.
GMA will continue to inform Georgia cities about any additional guidelines following final adoption pending amendments. In the meantime, please contact Becky Taylor of the GMA staff for questions about this issue.