Manual of Traffic Signs

Costs of Traffic Signs

Here are some approximate figures for sign installation costs, based on construction project bid prices in Arizona in the past few years.

These prices will vary depending on quantity, location, type, etc.

On irregularly shaped signs sich as Interstate markers, STOP & YIELD signs, NO PASSING ZONE pennants, sign area for payment is normally based on the largest width x the largest height.

All costs listed are for a complete sign assembly in place, including all legend, fabricating, transportation, labor, hardware, and painting of posts.

Note that inflation and rapidly rising steel costs may make some of these figures quickly obsolete. Use with caution.

NOTE - if you're evaluating the replacement cost of an existing sign, you must take into account the extra labor and transportation costs involved.

This is why STOP signs are considered among the most expensive signs. Due to their critical importance in intersection safety, they must be replaced as soon as is reasonably feasible - even if that means driving 300+ miles round trip at 3 AM, at $1.00 per mile for the truck, and $25-$40 per hour overtime for each sign crewperson. Taking this into account, a simple $75 STOP sign suddenly becomes a $500+ item.

Engineering costs with respect to signing are more difficult to define. If a 3 month study results in installation of only 3 signs, it may not be equitable to charge the whole egineering cost to those installations. Normally, engineering costs are treated separately, but if there is a need to take them into account, then a rule of thumb estimate is engineering cost = 10% to 15% of construction cost.

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