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Entrance signs warn traffic of driveways that have poor sight distance*. Common uses for entrance signs include TRUCK, PARK, SCHOOL, CHURCH, PLANT, and HOSPITAL. If the driveway traffic is seasonal, the sign must be removed or covered during the off-season.

While these signs may help increase awareness of entering traffic, they do not relieve drivers of their responsibility to enter the roadway safely.  Also, as the number of entrance signs increases, their effectiveness decreases. Therefore, these signs should be used sparingly and only when absolutely necessary. 

* For this situation, sight distance refers to how far oncoming traffic can be seen by the driver attempting to enter or cross the roadway.  When sight distance is poor, the visual obstruction should be removed, if possible.  This can often be accomplished by trimming back trees, bushes, etc.  Increasing the sight distance will always have a greater positive impact on safety than installing a sign.

 

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If there is a location where you feel a sign is needed, the District 7 Traffic Office will study the location and take the appropriate action.  Requests for sign installations should be sent in letter form to the District Traffic Engineer, Craig Eley, at the following address:

Craig Eley, P.E.
District Traffic Engineer

ODOT District 7
1001 Saint Marys Avenue
Sidney, Ohio 45365

Phone: (937) 497-6832

Craig.Eley@dot.state.oh.us

Please allow thirty to sixty days for us to study and respond. If sign(s) are to be installed, additional time will be needed for the sign(s) to be ordered and installed.