Pavement Markings & Signs

Traffic Systems Management

The traffic systems section of the Highway Department manages the:

  • City's regulatory and street signage
  • Steel beam safety guardrails
  • Installation of new and annual refreshing of pavement markings
  • Work zone safety program for department operations
New Street Sign - Historic Water Street / Brook Street

Sign Replacement

In 2003, the department began the multi-year systematic replacement of the older green street signs with new high-visibility blue street signs that comply with the current federal highway administration standards.

The new signs have a higher level of reflectivity and larger lettering to enhance readability in periods of minimal luminescence.

Additional Responsibilities

The Traffic Systems Group manages the repainting of:

  • Yellow center line
  • White edge line
  • 730 crosswalks

In addition, the department installs and/or replaces hundreds of regulatory signs and advisory signs either by direction of the Board of Selectmen or as required through routine maintenance practices.