City Pride Sign Program
Traffic signs and signals
TxDOT developed the City Pride Sign Program to give cities the opportunity to display the names and logos of their civic organizations along state highways without interfering with official highway signs.
State and federal laws limit where these types of civic organization signs can be placed. Signs are primarily designed for non-controlled access highways such as US or state highways, farm and ranch to market roads, spurs, and loops.
City pride signs are located along highway entrances to the city and are placed 300 to 800 feet from existing city limit signs. A sign may be placed on each highway entering the city.
For controlled access highways, such as Interstates, signs are placed on the frontage road.
Participation in the program is voluntary. When a city decides they want a city pride sign, they enter into a written agreement with TxDOT that determines the exact placement of the display as well as the construction and maintenance requirements.
Frequently asked questions
A city may install one city pride sign per highway entering the city.
Yes. The local TxDOT district office, working with the city, will approve the exact placement for the city pride sign.
The city is responsible for all costs of the sign including construction and maintenance. City materials and personnel can be used to construct a city pride sign, or a sign building contractor can be hired.
Note: Since the sign is owned by the city, TxDOT cannot build the sign.
The Associated General Contractors of Texas (AGC) can provide names of contractors familiar with TxDOT specifications. The AGC can be reached at (512) 478-4691.
The cost for a city pride sign can range from $100 to $2,000 depending on the sign's size and design. The maximum size is 80 square feet (10 feet wide by 8 feet high). In addition to the sign designs developed by TxDOT, a city may submit alternate designs as long as the sign meets TxDOT specifications and maintains breakaway capability.
TxDOT approved sign supports are designed to break away from the foundation if hit. This greatly reduces the chances for driver and passenger injury. Over the years, the use of breakaway signs has saved thousands of lives.
Yes. These standards are available for review.
Small plants, flowers and shrubs are allowed. Trees, landscape timbers, stones, concrete or brick may not be used due to the possible safety hazards they create for motorists. All landscaping is the responsibility of the city. TxDOT is not responsible for maintaining, mowing, watering, trimming or replacing items due to damage caused by vehicles, vandalism, theft, fire, inclement weather, or TxDOT construction or maintenance activities.
A city pride sign may not be illuminated, either by an external or internal source.
Yes. This information may be displayed in letters up to 8 inches high.
In general, the contents of a city pride sign are approved by the city. However, TxDOT does require that civic organization signs posted on city pride sign do not do the following:
- Include commercial advertising.
- Resemble traffic control signs or signals.
- Include city ordinances or regulations.
The city has full authority to determine the order, arrangement, and length of display for the civic organization signs included on a city pride sign.
If the city wishes to retain these signs, they will be removed from TxDOT sign supports and mounted on separate supports near city limit signs at city expense. Signs already placed near the city limit sign that meet the city pride sign requirements may remain.
- City officials should first contact the local TxDOT District office to obtain an application and a copy of the written agreement.
- TxDOT will assist the city in determining a suitable location for the sign.
- The city will then complete an application and submit the proposed plans for the sign to TxDOT for review.
- Once TxDOT approves the propose sign, the city may enter into an agreement with TxDOT and then install the sign.
TxDOT will notify the city of non-compliance with the city pride sign agreement. If the noted issues are not corrected in a timely manner, TxDOT will remove the sign at the city's expense.
Participation in the City Pride Sign Program is completely voluntary, although TxDOT does encourage cities to relocate their non-official signs within state right of way to an approved city pride sign. Non-official signs within state right of way, or signs attached to TxDOT sign supports, will be removed.