Signs and Pavement Markings

The City has an active program to maintain and replace street signs on City-owned roads and streets. Signs are inspected and replaced if needed due to fading, being defaced, or cracked sheeting.

If signs or posts in your neighborhood become damaged, or are leaning due to wind or other forces, please call 952-985-2710.

Stop Signs

Speed Limits

Pavement Markings

The Streets Division is responsible for the painted stripes, railroad crossing, stop bars, pedestrian crosswalks, turn lane symbols, and the curb paint throughout the City. Every year pavement markings are painted for good visibility and reflectivity.

Children At Play & Slow Children Signs

The Public Works Department frequently receives requests from parents and homeowners associations for "Children At Play" or “Slow Children” signs in residential areas. These requests stem from concerns for the safety of their children in the street and near their homes. Unfortunately, these requests are based on a false belief that these signs actually provide protection. Citizens fail to realize that these signs are deceiving and ineffective.

For this reason, the City of Lakeville Public Works Department will not install, or allow to be installed, "Children At Play" or “Slow Children” signs. These signs have not been shown to increase driver awareness and are not recognized as a standard highway sign by the Federal Highway Administration. Studies have shown no evidence that these signs prevent pedestrian accidents or decrease the vehicle speeds. "Children At Play" signs also give parents and children a false sense of security and can be misinterpreted to mean that it's acceptable to play in the street. It is important that parents teach their children about the dangers of playing near or in the street and should discourage them from doing so.
Caution Children and Handicap Child Area Street Signs
Another consideration with these signs is that nearly every street has children on it and would require a sign to be posted on every block. This is not only impractical but would render the signs meaningless. Streets with no signs might also imply that no children live there and could lead to unsafe driving on those particular streets. Warning signs are effective tools if used sparingly to warn motorists of uncommon hazards that are not apparent to drivers. The use of unnecessary signs generally promotes a disrespect for all signs. To address pedestrian safety, specific warning signs for school zones, pedestrian crossings, playgrounds, and other recreational areas are used where they are truly warranted.