Mississippi Road Signs (A Complete Guide)

Mississippi Road Signs (A Complete Guide)

Want to know what each road sign in Mississippi means?

Then you’ve come to the right place. 

Here, we’re going to give you a complete guide to all Mississippi road signs. We’ll look at:

  • Traffic signals
  • Traffic signs
  • Pavement markings

For each sign, we’ll look at the meaning, as well as give you a visual aid. 

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started right away!

Mississippi Traffic Signals

Traffic signals are lights that are often found at intersections. They tell you when you need to stop, slow down, and go. 

Signal:Sample Traffic Light:Meaning:
Solid red lightMake a complete stop and remain stopped until the green light turns on
Solid yellow lightThe light will soon be red so start slowing down. If you are already in the intersection, pass it quickly. 
Solid green lightPass the intersection if it is safe to do so. Yield to pedestrians if they are crossing. 
Green arrowYou are allowed to turn in the pointed direction when it is safe to do so. 
Yellow flashing arrowYou may turn if you are in the proper lane and it is safe to do so, but you must yield to oncoming traffic. 
Yellow solid arrowWorks the same way as a solid yellow light – the light is about to turn red so start slowing down. 
Red lightStop. You can’t turn in any direction and you can’t go straight. 
Red light with green arrowThose going straight must stop while those going to where the arrow is pointed are allowed to turn. 
Green light and green arrowYou may go straight or turn left. 
Yellow arrowThe signal is about to turn red. Slow down and prepare to stop. 
Green lightYou may go straight. You can only turn left if the road is clear. You should always yield to oncoming traffic. 
Yellow lightThe signal is about to turn red. Prepare to stop. 
Flashing red lightMake a full stop first. If it is safe to do so, you can continue, but always yield the right-of-way before passing. 
Flashing yellow lightSlow down and exercise caution when passing. 
Pedestrian crossingYou can cross the street.
Pedestrian crossingDon’t cross the street.
Flashing pedestrian crossingYou shouldn’t leave the curb. This means that the traffic will start crossing the intersection. 

Mississippi Traffic Signs 

Traffic signs use colors, shapes, and text to tell you what you need to do. Some signs are directional while some will be more informative. 

In Mississippi, there are 4 types of signs. These include:

  • Regulatory signs
  • Warning signs
  • Guide signs
  • Railroad crossing signs

Before we get into that, let’s look at the sign colors and shapes. 

Road Sign Colors

RedStop or yield
GreenYou are allowed to go
YellowGeneral warning
BlueMotorist service guidance
OrangeConstruction or maintenance warning
BrownPublic recreation or scenic guidance

Road Sign Shapes

OctagonStop signs
Horizontal rectangleGuide signs
Equilateral triangleYield signs
PennantWarning for a no-passing zone
DiamondWarning for possible hazards ahead
Vertical rectangleRegulatory signs
PentagonSchool zone or school crossing ahead
RoundWarning of a railroad crossing ahead

Regulatory Signs

Stop Make a complete stop and yield to any pedestrian or vehicle that might be a hazard.
YieldYield the right-of-way or yield to pedestrians.
Do Not EnterYou are not allowed to enter the road.
Wrong WayYou are going the wrong way. Exit the road as soon as possible.
No Left TurnYou cannot make a left turn.
No Right TurnYou cannot make a right turn.
No U-TurnYou cannot make a U-turn at the intersection, highway, or median.
No Turn on redYou cannot make a turn while the traffic signal is red. Wait for it to become green.
No TrucksTrucks are not allowed on this highway.
Keep Left/RightKeep left or right of the island.
Right/Left Turn OnlyYou must turn left/right only.
One wayThis road only goes in the direction shown.
Speed LimitThis is the maximum speed limit under ideal conditions.
Center LaneYou are only allowed to use the center lane when making a turn. Do not drive on the road unless you’re turning.
Handicapped ParkingThe parking space is only for vehicles with a handicap license or temporary hang tag.
No Passing ZoneCrossing into the other lane is not allowed.

Warning Signs

Warning signs tell you of a hazard ahead. In most cases, you must slow down and be extra cautious when passing. 

Mississippi Road Signs
Mississippi Road Signs
Mississippi Road Signs

In some cases, you need to do more than just slow down. Here are some warning signs with additional meanings. 

School crossingThis is located several blocks from the school zone or at the school zone itself. The sign warns you about children that might cross in the area.
School zoneYour speed limit is only up to 15 mph when passing a school zone. 
Pedestrian crossingPedestrians have the right-of-way; yield to them.
Exit onlyYou must continue onto the exit.
Stop for your stop signThis accompanies a stop sign. It indicates that other lanes have the right-of-way and do not have a stop sign.
Slow-moving vehicleThis sign is found attached to a vehicle. It warns you that the vehicle ahead is only allowed to travel at 25 mph or less.

Guide Signs

Guide signs tell you about where you are – either on a highway route, interstate route, destination, and direction. 

Mississippi Road Signs
Mississippi Road Signs
Mississippi Road Signs

Railroad Crossing Signs

In general, if you are at a railroad crossing, you must stop even if there are no flashing lights. Flashing lights, however, will warn you if there is a train approaching. 

Pavement markingsWarns you of a railroad crossing nearby. 
Crossbuck signIndicates a railroad crossing and the number of tracks ahead.
Flashing light signalsUsed with the crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing. Stop when the lights are flashing and remain stopped until the lights turn off. 
Round yellow signWarns you of a railroad ahead.
GatesGates go down when the flashing light starts. Stop before the gates and only pass when the gates are raised and it is safe to do so. 

Mississippi Pavement Markings

Pavement markings are found on the roads to help with directions, lanes, and alerts. These supplement signals to manage traffic and prevent accidents

Marking:What It Looks Like:Meaning:
Broken yellow lineUsed to separate traffic lanes moving in opposite directions. You are only allowed to pass a broken yellow lane when it’s safe to do so. 
Broken yellow line with a solid yellow lineUsed to separate lanes that move in the opposite direction. If there is a solid line beside it, the side that has a solid line is not allowed to pass over the lines. 
Double solid yellow lineSeparates lanes traveling in the opposite direction. Passing from either side is not allowed. 
Broken white lineSeparates lanes traveling in the same direction. Passing is allowed only when it’s safe to do so. 
Single solid white lineSeparates lanes traveling in the same direction. Passing is not allowed on both sides of the line. 

Pedestrians are discouraged to cross this line. 
Double solid white lineSeparates lanes traveling in the same direction. Passing and crossing are not allowed. 
Directional arrowsShows which direction you are allowed to go when approaching an intersection or turn. 

If you are in the left lane with a left arrow, you are required to turn left. 

If the arrow is going straight, you are required to go straight. 
You must turn right if the arrow is pointing to the right. 
Two-headed arrowsShows the two directions you’re allowed to go when you’re on the lane. 

For example, a two-headed arrow pointing straight and right will allow vehicles to go either straight or turn right. 
Center laneThe center lane is used only when turning. Vehicles that are in this lane are required to go right/left. 
CrosswalkCrosswalks indicate areas on the road where pedestrians can cross. 
Slow down when approaching a crosswalk. If there is a pedestrian crossing, yield to them. 


Woah, that’s a lot of Mississippi road signs!

At this point, you’re probably in an information overload, so we won’t push you to memorize all the signs in one go. 

However, we recommend familiarizing yourself with these signs since they can help you understand where you’re allowed to go and what to do on the road. 

Good luck!

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