Kansas Department of Transportation "...to provide a statewide transportation system to meet the needs of Kansas."
    
 

 


Guide Sign FAQ's

 
QUESTION 1 What is the policy for city names on destination signs at highway junctions?
 
Answer: The city names included on destination signs at highway junctions are the next county seat or most important city on the highway route
 
QUESTION 2 What is the policy for city names on mileage signs?
 
Answer: The first line shows the next place on the route with a post office, the middle line (if any) shows the next most important place on the route, and the last line shows the "control city". The control city is determined by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for Interstate routes. On other routes, the control city is the county seat or most important place on the route.
 
QUESTION 3 What is the policy for Via County Road signs?
 
Answer: If the city is not on a highway route, the city must appear on the official State Transportation Map or be a traffic generator with local or area significance. If the city is on a highway route, the county road must be significantly shorter than the highway route. The Via County Road signs would be installed on the highway at the intersection with the closest and most direct route to the city. Approval for the signing must be obtained from the County.
 
QUESTION 4 What is the process for obtaining signing for a museum or other attraction of historical significance?
 
Answer: The Kansas State Historical Society must agree that the attraction has historical significance. If they do, contact the Bureau of Traffic Engineering and signs with a brown background will be installed on the highway at the intersection with the closest and most direct route to the attraction. These signs are installed at no cost to the attraction. Signs located within a city should be requested through the City.
 
QUESTION 5 What is the process for obtaining signing for a tourist attraction?
 
Answer: The Travel and Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing must agree that the attraction is a valid tourist attraction. If they do, contact the Bureau of Traffic Engineering and signs with a brown background will be installed on the highway at the intersection with the closest and most direct route to the attraction. These signs are installed at no cost to the attraction. Signs located within a city should be requested through the City.
 
QUESTION 6 I requested a sign for a traffic generator that was denied. What criteria is used to determine if signing is allowed?
 
Answer: The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has developed a list of traffic generators for which signing is not recommended. Kansas follows those guidelines. The list includes public services such as shopping centers, libraries, courthouses, and industrial parks; private campgrounds for churches and scouts; and recreational facilities such as golf courses and country clubs.