The purpose of a stop sign is to assign right of way at an intersection to reduce conflicts and crash potential. A stop sign is a regulatory sign that requires traffic to stop, and they are installed at intersections when an engineering evaluation indicates that stopping traffic is appropriate.
Most often, stop signs are installed where:
- minor streets enter major streets
- streets enter highways
- approaches to T-intersections terminate
- sight lines are restricted
For stop sign installations, Jefferson County adheres to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The MUTCD defines standards used by road managers, nationwide, to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways and private roads open to public travel.
See FHWA Safety Brief on Stop Signs to learn more about purpose and where signs should / should not be installed.
See Frequently Asked Questions about stop signs.
For questions, or to request an evaluation to install or remove a stop sign, please contact Jefferson County Transportation and Engineering.