Connecticut Road Signs (A Complete Guide)

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Want to ace the Connecticut permit test?

Don’t want to get in trouble by disobeying a simple traffic sign?

Want to be a safe driver?

Whatever the reason, it’s a good thing to learn the Connecticut road signs. 

And this is why, today, we’re taking the time to give you a complete guide to all these signs, signals, and markings. 

So without further ado, let’s look at the signs and their meanings. 

Connecticut Pavement Markings

Pavement markings help lane control. Without them, anyone can just overtake, park, turn, or ignore pedestrians. And you can probably already tell that will lead to disaster. 

So to organize traffic and avoid accidents, the Connecticut DMV created the following pavement markings:

Solid white linesEdge Lines (side of the road)Edge lines on the right side of the road
Solid yellow linesEdge Lines (side of the road)Edge lines on the left side of the road
Dashed white linesLane LinesFound between roads with cars moving in the same direction. You can change lines if needed
Solid white linesLane LinesYou are not allowed to change lanes, except for emergency situations
Dashed yellow linesCenter LinesFound between roads with cars moving in the opposite direction. Allows overtaking
Solid yellow linesCenter LinesFound between roads with cars moving in the opposite direction. Does not allow overtaking
Dashed yellow lines beside solid yellow linesCenter LinesOvertaking is allowed on the side of the dashed line only. 
Solid double yellow linesCenter LinesFor roads that have lanes where cars move in opposite directions. Marks the center of the highway.
These lines can be crossed when making a left turn only
Shared Center LanesCenter LinesTo mark areas in the center lane where you can make left turns or U-turns. 
CrosswalkCrosswalksIndicate where pedestrians may cross the road. Cars are required to stop before the crosswalk
Various vehicle imagesReserved LanesIndicates to which vehicle the road is reserved for (e.g. bike lanes show a bicycle sign at the side of the road)

For other road markings, you can check out the Connecticut DMV Handbook.

Connecticut Traffic Signals

Traffic signals are the lights that you see at stoplights. These are usually found at intersections or right-turn or left-turn lanes. 

As you probably know, there are only 3 colors used in traffic signals. 

For a quick review, here are the meanings of each color. 

  • Red – means that you should stop. You don’t need to go into park mode, but you have to fully stop until the light turns green. If you are at a crossroads, make sure to stop right before the pedestrian lane. 
  • Yellow – means that you have to slow down because the red light is about to turn on. If you are crossing an intersection and the yellow light turns on, you have to continue crossing the road. Do not stop if you’re in the middle of the intersection. 
  • Green – means that you can go and cross an intersection. However, if there are emergency vehicles, pedestrians, or right-of-way vehicles, you need to make way and let them pass first. 

There are some variations in these traffic signals that you may also encounter. Here is the meaning of flashing lights or arrows:

  • Flashing red light – this means the same as a full red light – you should do a full stop before crossing the intersection. However, you can go ahead if it is safe to do so.
  • Flashing yellow light – this means that you need to slow down and proceed carefully at the intersection.
  • Red arrow to the left/right – You cannot proceed to your desired direction until the green light is turned on.
  • Yellow arrow to the left/right – You need to slow down and proceed with caution. If you are only just approaching the intersection, prepare to do a full stop. 
  • Green arrow to the left/right – You can go in your desired direction as long as there is no incoming vehicle

Connecticut Traffic Signs

So the pavement markings and traffic signals are pretty basic. Anyone that has been driving for a while knows them. 

But when it comes to the road signs, or traffic signs, that’s a different story. 

This is why we’re going to put the rest of our focus here. 


In Connecticut, they use shapes to help you identify the sign. This is so you won’t take your eyes off the road too long. 

Let’s look at the most common sign shapes in Connecticut:

OctagonDo a full stop and follow the right-of-way rules for pedestrians and other vehicles
TriangleSlow down as you approach the sign and yield to the right-of-way rules. Stop if necessary. 
DiamondSlow down and drive with caution. Diamond signs tell you that there may be hazards ahead. 
RectangleThese often have text or instructions on them. They may be in horizontal or vertical orientations. 
PentagonThese are warning signs for school zones and pedestrian crossings. You should slow down and be alert.
CircleSlow down and listen for trains approaching.
Pennant (triangular sign similar to a flag)Signifies that you are approaching a no-passing zone


Connecticut also uses colors in their road signs 

Here’s what the sign colors mean:

  • Red – should do a full stop. This sign can also be in black or white.
  • Yellow/orange – slow down as these are warning signs. It may also signify hazards or construction sites ahead.
  • Green – used to indicate the distance to where you are headed.
  • Blue – usually used for guide signs
  • Brown – for parks and recreational sites

Regulatory Signs 

Here are the most common regulatory signs that you will see on the Connecticut road:

StopOctagonal sign that is in red with white lettersYou should do a full stop as you approach the area with the sign. If there is no stoplight, you have to wait for pedestrians and vehicles to cross before you go.
Yield Downward pointing triangle with the word ‘yield’Give way to other vehicles crossing
Do Not Enter Circular sign with a horizontal line in between wordsYou are prohibited from entering the road, usually found in one-way streets or parking lanes
Wrong-WayHorizontal signIndicates that you are entering from the wrong direction. It can also signify that the lane is one way, so you should make a turn.
No U-TurnU arrow with a diagonal cross over itShows that u-turns are not allowed in that area
Crossed left/right turnLeft/right arrows with a diagonal cross over itLeft or right turns are not allowed
One WayArrow pointed in one direction Indicates one-way streets. Enter only if you’re following the same direction. 
Left or Through SignOne arrow pointing straight ahead and one arrow turning to the leftThe lane is splitting into separate directions, depending on where the arrows are pointed
Keep RightCurvy arrow moving to the right of an islandKeep to the right because you are approaching a traffic island or an obstruction
No Passing SignsDo Not PassYou are not allowed to pass through because of a possible hazard. Look at the road markings on where you can go once you approach this sign
Disabled ParkingPerson sitting in a wheelchair with an arrow at the bottomSelect parking spaces are only for disabled individuals or those vehicles carrying a disabled person

Warning Signs

And here are the most common warning signs in Connecticut:

Signal AheadWarning that there is a traffic signal ahead
Stop AheadA stop sign is ahead, so start slowing down and be ready to stop
Reduction in LanesUsed in multi-lane highways to tell you that the lanes will be reduced. You should be prepared to change lanes
No PassingMarks a no-passing zone
MergeTwo lanes will be merging into one
Pedestrian CrossingSlow down and be careful of people crossing the road
School ZoneSlow down to not higher than 25 MPH. Be cautious of students crossing the road
School Zone Cross WalkWarns you of a school zone crosswalk ahead. If there is an arrow pointing downward, it means that you are in the area of the crosswalk
Slippery When WetThe road becomes slippery when the pavement is wet. Make sure to reduce speed and do not brake right away or too hard.
Two-Way Road WayYou are leaving a divided roadway and are approaching a two-way highway
Divided Highway BeginsThe highway ahead is going to split into two roadways due to a median or an island
Change in DirectionThere is a change in the direction of the road ahead. 

Guide Signs

Guide signs act as guides telling you where you are, what route number you are in, and if the nearby area is a park, school, or service area. 

Work Area Signs

Work area signs indicate that there is a construction site, cleaning, or utility work ahead. If you approach these signs, you should slow down or find a new lane. 

Some signs will tell you to take a detour with an arrow indicating an alternative route. Some signs will also mention the type of work. For example, shoulder work or utility work. 

Common Crossing Signs

There are three common crossing signs:

  1. Railroad Crossing – has two ‘R’s’ separated by an ‘X’ in between. This means that you are passing a railroad
  2. Railroad Crossing – two panels with the words ‘railroad’ and ‘crossing’ forming an X. This means that you need to yield to the trains approaching
  3. Railroad Crossbuck and Flashing Lights – railroad gates often have a large sign with the railroad crossing and blinking lights attached to it. If the lights are flashing, you need to stop. The gates of the railroad will also start going down. 


So that was our guide to the Connecticut road signs. 

As you can see, there are a lot out there. 

But if you memorize the basics and most common ones, you should be good. 

You’ll not only be the safest driver if you follow these signs, but you won’t have to get an annoying ticket. 

Plus, it just might help you pass the Connecticut permit test. 

So we hope that this article has helped you!

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