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Signs & Striping Section
1404 Mabury Rd.
San Jose, CA 95133

Phone: (408) 794-1900

Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Signs & Striping

To report a missing sign, please call 408-794-1900

Regulatory Signs 
  • Intended to instruct road users on what they must or should do (or not do) under a given set of circumstances. 
  • The term regulatory sign describes a range of signs that are used to indicate or reinforce traffic laws, regulations or requirements. Which would apply either at all times or at specified times or places upon a street or highway. 
  • The disregard of these signs may constitute a violation. 

Warning Signs 
  • Types of traffic signs that indicate a hazard ahead on the road that may not be readily apparent to a driver. 
  • Warning signs are black on a yellow background and usually diamond-shaped. 
  • They usually contain a symbol and often contain text. 
  • Many middle and junior high schools have high visibility neon green signs to improve pedestrian safety. 

Traffic Guide Signs
  • Located on the side of roads to provide information to road users. 
  • With traffic volumes increasing over the years, guide signs have been simplified and standardized to facilitate and enhance traffic safety. 
  • Most streets have a street name signs at each intersection to indicate the name of the roads. 


  • Street striping makes up the lanes and direction of travel
  • Lane lines generally consist of yellow stripes, which show the separation of traffic flows or white stripes which shows the separation of traffic flows in the same direction
  • We have approximately 2,432,338 square feet of white striping and yellow striping
  • Markings are used to show: 
    • turns
    • lane drops
    • approach warnings
    • bike lanes
    • crosswalks
    • stop or yield lines

We have a variety of curb markings:
  • red for no parking
  • green for timed parking
  • yellow for freight loading
  • white for passenger loading
  • blue for handicap

Raised Pavement Marker 
  • Safety device used on our city roads. 
  • These devices are usually made with plastic or ceramic and come in a variety of shapes and colors. 
  • Many include reflectors to make them more visible.