City of St. Paul Park 

on the Mississippi

Signs : Street, Traffic and Pavement Markings

Street Signs

St. Paul Park currently has approximately 30 lane miles of roadway that contain an estimated 225 traffic control and 150 street name signs.  Many times pavement messages such as crosswalks, turn arrows and stop bars are directly associated with the maintenance of indvidiual signs.

Traffic control signage and pavement message installations are designed to meet the criteria specified in the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  This manual reflects standard practices statewide in regards to sign and pavement message use, placement, materials and location.  The manual does not however address typical street name blade criteria.  This portion of the sign maintenance program is specified by staff based upon city policies and procedures.

The current city policy dictates that street name blades be 6 inches high and green in color.

Stop Signs

A stop is one of our most valuable and effective control devices when used at the right places and under the right conditions.  It is intended to help drivers and pedestrians determine who has the right of way at an intersection. 

Stop signs are not used as speed control device.  When stop signs are installed as "nuisances" or "speed breakers" there is a high incidence of intentional violation.  In those locations where vehicles do stop, the speed reduction is effective only in the immediate vicinity of the stop sign and frequently speeds are actually higher between intersections.  When an unreasonable restriction is imposed, the stop sign can create a false sense of security in a pedestrian and an attitude of contempt in a motorist.  These two attitudes can often do conflict with tragic results. 

Pavement Marking

Center and edge line markings on major St. Paul Park roadways are painted on an annual basis.  The month of May is the typical application period.  Contractor crews apply pavement messages such as crosswalks throughout the summer season. 

For more information regarding traffic control issues, contact the Public Works Department at (651) 459-3730.

City of St. Paul Park, 600 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park MN 55071