19 Blog Posts From the MUTCD Tag


It’s a trap

We were driving down Beaver Street in Salem when suddenly we were faced with a pair of DO NOT ENTER signs and no place to turn around. As the driver made a dangerous K-turn, I explained that the signs were illegal. Under Massachusetts law, roads can’t turn from two-way to one-way except at an intersection. […]

How closed is “closed”?

Brookfield, Massachusetts officials posted a fake bridge closed sign to keep nonresidents from using an open bridge. MassDOT said they should take the sign down. That was unusual. The DOT hates to tell towns “no”, even though policing sign use is part of its job. Maybe there’s one guy in the Worcester office who let […]

Dynamic lawbreaking

Here’s one more in the signs-as-toys category. Starting January 1, Connecticut law requires handicap parking signs to use a “dynamic” symbol (a man falling out of a wheelchair) instead of the International Symbol of Access (a man sitting in a wheelchair). The Federal Highway Administration previously ruled that the new “dynamic” design is not allowed […]

The Difference Between Real Stop Signs & Decorative Red Octagons

By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist I smiled as I watched the car pass the stop sign without slowing down. The other driver probably recognized the sign was not necessary without thinking much about it. I, who had just driven through the same intersection without stopping, knew the sign was not merely unnecessary but illegal. […]

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