Does anybody know if state DOT's sell old road signs that they
replace? Or is there perhaps a good place online or even on this
forum to buy and sell street signs?
I have tons of license plates and old travel signs for my "man cave"
and am really wanting to add some used highway signs to the walls to
really tie it all together.
Does anybody know a good source of highway signs? In particular, I'm
looking to purchase an I-94 shield (having grown up in Wisconsin) .
Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
Have you checked e-bay?
I know Arkansas "recycles" almost all of theirs (scrape them clean and reuse
them). Though I used to occasionally find stuff at the scrap yard.
Following is misc.transport.road FAQ Question 10.5; it contains
information that's four years old or more, so I can't vouch for its
authenticity anymore, but it's a start, and others can verify or
Q: Where can one buy road signs?
A: Good-quality road signs may be purchased at http://www.hallsigns.com/
, http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/dot/html/signs/cmsigns.html ,
http://street.safeshopper.com/ , http://www.trafficsafetystore.com/ ,
and http://www.ringway.co.uk/ (others are listed within
). Signs occasionally appear on eBay ( http://www.ebay.com/ ).
Finally, an occasional m.t.r poster ( http://profiles.yahoo.com/usroute12
) collects orders for bulk purchase of signs with both current and
retired designs. See also http://www.trafficsign.us/signpurch.html .
Note: This FAQ does not necessarily endorse any business.
Be advised that possession of road signs may be a criminal offense in
some localities, even with valid proof of purchase.
Jul 18, 2006"
Thanks much! I'll check those out.
To add to what Marc said, trying to buy a sign being taken down during
a local DOT project varies from state to state. I believe that most
DOTs are leery of doing so because of buyers potentially reselling
signs for profit, or that there are contractual obligations allowing
the construction company on the project to salvage the signs for
There was a thread a while back (I don't remember the specifics) from
someone having inquired about buying signs being taken down during a
resigning project on the Pasadena Freeway, where it was mentioned that
Caltrans would only sell an old sign if it was going to a museum.
As for new signs, here in WA I did not have any problems ordering some
WSDOT-spec "Freeway Entrance" signs a couple of years back, from the
company that made the signs posted on the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge
(in fact, the DOT stickers on the back of the signs was how I found
their contact information). I was simply asked if they were for
private use--they were, I was working on a project codenamed "Freeway"
and thought it'd be amusing to have a few "Freeway Entrance" signs to
hang in my office and around our workspace.
You can also check at AARoads Forums and SignalTraffic Forums (you
might have to register) but occasionally signs pop up for sale in