Register December 2013 No. 696
Chapter Trans 200
ERECTION OF SIGNS ON PUBLIC HIGHWAYS AND HANDICAPPED PARKING SIGNS
Authority for the erection of signs.
Guidance signs for resorts, hotels, county institutions, etc.
Prohibited signs and signals.
Warning signs for underground transmission lines.
Warning signs for utility work areas.
Specific information and business signs.
Handicapped parking signs.
Tourist-oriented directional signs.
Trans 200.01 Purpose.
The purpose of this chapter is to interpret and implement ss. 86.19
, 340.01 (73m)
, Stats., relating to erection and maintenance of signs on public highways and signs related to reserved parking spaces for handicapped persons. This chapter does not apply to signs erected and maintained on property beyond the limits of a public highway, except signs related to reserved parking spaces for handicapped persons.
Trans 200.01 History
; renum. from Hy 10.01 and am. (1), Register, July, 1980, No. 295
, eff. 8-1-80; r. and recr., Register, March, 1984, No. 339
, eff. 4-1-84; am. Register, July, 1992, No. 439
, eff. 8-1-92; am. Register, March, 1999, No. 519
, eff. 4-1-99.
The definitions of words and phrases in chs. 84
, Stats., except s. 990.01 (12)
, Stats., apply to this chapter unless a different definition is specifically provided.
“Business sign" means a separately attached sign mounted on a specific information sign to show the brand, symbol, trademark or name, or combination of these, for a motorist service available on a crossroad at or near an interchange or an intersection. Each sign on an exit ramp sign under s. Trans 200.06 (7) (a) 4.
is a separate business sign.
“Conventional highway" means a highway that is neither a freeway nor an expressway.
“Double-exit interchange" means a highway interchange facility with 2 exit ramps for traffic approaching the interchange from the same direction with one exit ramp leading to one direction of travel on the intersecting highway and the other exit ramp leading to the opposite direction of travel on the intersecting highway.
“Erect" means to construct, manufacture, fabricate, build, raise, assemble, place, affix, attach, create, paint, draw, or in any other way bring into being or establish a sign or sign structure, but it does not include any of the foregoing activities when performed as customary maintenance of the sign or sign structure.
“Exit ramp sign" means a specific information sign installed along the ramp or at the ramp terminal at single-exit interchanges that corresponds to the specific information sign along the main roadway, but which is reduced in size.
“Federal-aid primary highway" means a highway designated by the department and approved by the secretary of the United States department of transportation under s. 84.105
, Stats., and 23 USC 103
(b) or 103 (e)
“Federal-aid secondary highway" means a highway designated by the department and approved by the secretary of the United States department of transportation under s. 84.01 (15)
, Stats., and 23 USC 103
(c) that is under the jurisdiction of the department.
“Maintain" means to keep in a state of repair, efficiency, or validity; to preserve from failure or decline; and to allow to exist.
“Motorist service sign" means an official traffic sign that includes one or more of the words “GAS," “FOOD," “LODGING," “CAMPING" or “ATTRACTION" and directional information, but does not identify the business offering the service or the name of the brand of products offered.
“Region" means the geographical area under the administration of a region office.
“Region office" means an office of the division of transportation system development of the department of transportation.
“Specific information sign" means a rectangular sign panel that displays:
“State trunk highway" means a highway designated as part of the state trunk highway system as provided in s. 84.02
, Stats., including national parkways as provided in s. 84.105 (5)
, Stats., and interstate highways as provided in s. 84.29 (2)
“Tourist-oriented directional assembly" means a group of one to 4 tourist-oriented directional signs attached to the same post.
Trans 200.015 History
Cr. Register, March, 1984, No. 339
, eff. 4-1-84; emerg. am. (2) (e), cr. (2) (im), r. (2) (o), eff. 6-13-86; cr. (2) (im), r. (2) (o), Register, September, 1986, No. 369
, eff. 10-1-86; am. (2) (e), Register, February, 1987, No. 374
, eff. 3-1-87; am. (2) (a), r. (2) (c), cr. (2) (jm), (o) and (p), Register, July, 1992, No. 439
, eff. 8-1-92; CR 06-103
: am. (2) (m) and (n) 1. Register July 2007 No. 619
, eff. 8-1-07; corrections in (2) (d), (e) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6.
, Stats., and renum. (2) (d), (e) to (2) (mg), (mr) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1.
, Stats., Register February 2013 No. 686
Trans 200.02 Authority for the erection of signs. Trans 200.02(1)(1)
The department of transportation or its authorized representatives in the case of the marked routes of state trunk highways, and local authorities with respect to highways under their exclusive jurisdiction, may place and maintain such traffic signs and signals as they deem necessary to warn, guide, inform, and regulate traffic, and also such signs and signals as are expressly permitted or required by the statutes or by these regulations, subject, however, to such limitations and restrictions as are contained in the statutes and these regulations.
The department of transportation with respect to the state trunk highway system, and local authorities with respect to highways under their jurisdiction, may erect or permit any department of the federal, state or local government to erect such standard signs as the department of transportation or local authorities deem necessary to inform and warn the public of federal or state laws, local ordinances and lawful regulations by any such department.
Trans 200.02 History
; am. (2), Register, June, 1973, No. 210
, eff. 7-1-73; renum. from Hy 10.02 and am., Register, July, 1980, No. 295
, eff. 8-1-80.
Trans 200.03 Guidance signs for resorts, hotels, county institutions, etc. Trans 200.03(1)
Any person or persons conducting a summer or winter resort, hotel, or any place of public entertainment or instruction, or any place of religious worship, or persons having charge of any county institution or of any scientific experiment for the furtherance of agriculture or other science or art may be permitted to erect guidance signs of a type approved by the department subject to the conditions contained in this section.
No guidance sign may be permitted on freeways, including the national system of interstate highways.
Only where such institution or business is located removed from the state trunk highway system may such guidance signs be erected.
Such guidance signs may be erected at only 2 intersections of the state trunk highway system with county highways or town roads, and at such intersections of county or town highways as are deemed necessary by the local authorities having jurisdiction over those highways.
One sign of an approved size and shape may be erected at the entrance to any of the enumerated institutions or businesses.
No person may be permitted to erect or maintain a guidance sign on a highway if that person has any advertising sign in the vicinity of the intersection where the guidance sign is proposed to be erected or has a business sign under s. Trans 200.06
on the same highway.
All guidance signs erected on any public highway shall be of a type and design approved by the department. No flashing, illuminated, or reflecting signs or installation shall be permitted.
No guidance sign may be erected upon state trunk highway right of way at an intersection with the state trunk highway system until the location and manner of erection of the sign have the written approval of the department. No guidance sign may be erected on the right of way of a county and town highway until the location and manner of erection of the sign have the written approval of the local authorities having jurisdiction over the said highway.
All guidance signs and their supports shall be maintained in good condition. Signs or installations not satisfactorily maintained shall be removed by the officers in charge of the maintenance of the highway.
Trans 200.03 History
; renum. from Hy 10.03 and am. (1), (6) and (7), Register, July, 1980, No. 295
, eff. 8-1-80; r. (5), renum. (2) to (4) and (6) to (8) to be (3) to (5) and (7) to (9); cr. (2) and (6), Register, March, 1984, No. 339
, eff. 4-1-84.
No person may erect, cause to be erected, permit to be erected, or maintain any advertising, warning, route, guide, information, or regulatory sign or signal within the limits of any highway except as authorized in s. Trans 200.02
No person may place or maintain nor may any public authority permit upon any highway any official traffic control device bearing thereon any commercial advertising except as authorized in s. Trans 200.06
. (See ss. 346.41
No local authority shall place or maintain any stop sign or traffic control signal which stops or regulates the movement of traffic on or entering the state trunk highway system or the urban extensions of the marked routes thereof, designated by the statutes as connecting highways, without the approval of the department.