Montana Road Signs (A Complete Guide)

Montana Road Signs (A Complete Guide)

Need some help figuring out Montana road signs?

We’ve got you covered.

Searching the internet for each road sign is hard, not to mention the time you waste just by jumping from one website to the next. 

To make it easier for you, we put ALL the road signs in one place — from the signs to signals to markings. 

So here is your complete guide to Montana road signs!

Montana Traffic Signs 

Traffic signs help you understand what to do, where you are, and the regulations in the area. 

Each element of a traffic sign has its meaning, whether it’s the color, shape, or text. 

Sign Colors

The color will help you identify what the sign is even if you haven’t seen the details on the sign. Here is what each color means:

Color:Visual Aid:Meaning:
RedTells you to stop or yield to pedestrians or other vehicles. It also tells you that you’re going the wrong way or you’ve entered a prohibited road. 
YellowUsed in warning signs and school signs.
Fluorescent pinkUsed in incident management signs.
Fluorescent yellow-greenUsed in pedestrian, bicycle, and school warning signs.
WhiteUsed in regulatory signs (such as speed limits) and route markers.
OrangeUsed in temporary traffic control signs.
GreenUsed in directional and guide signs. Also used on parking signs.
BlueUsed in informational signs indicating services nearby (e.g. gasoline station, lodging). Also used in emergency evacuation route signs and route markers.
BrownUsed on signs indicating recreational and cultural locations.
BlackBackground color for the one-way, night speed limit, and truck signs.

Sign Shapes

The shape also helps you identify a sign. Now, depending on the shape, you might be required to stop, yield, or slow down. 

OctagonStop sign. You need to make a complete stop.
TriangleYield sign. You need to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and pedestrians/bicyclists.
DiamondIndicates a warning sign. You need to slow down as hazards are ahead.
PentagonSchool zone ahead/you are entering a school zone.
PennantNo passing zone/a warning sign.
Horizontal RectangleIndicates a directional or guide sign.
Vertical RectangleIndicates a regulation and a route marker.
Irregular ShapesUsed as route markers.
RoundWarns of a railroad crossing ahead.
CrossbuckRailroad crossing ahead.

Traffic Control Signs

Traffic control signs are often found at the intersection or a few meters from it. These help manage traffic by telling you when you should stop, yield, and turn. 

StopMake a complete stop before entering the intersection. Only pass when it is safe or if the traffic light is green.
YieldSlow down and yield to pedestrians and other vehicles. 
Do Not EnterYou are not allowed to enter the roadway ahead. 
No Right/Left/U-TurnDo not turn in the direction that the sign shows.

Regulatory Signs

As the name suggests, regulatory signs tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. It informs you of the road rules in the area. 

Do Not PassYou must not pass any vehicles when you are on the road where these signs are.
Pass with CareYou are allowed to pass but must be extra careful. 
Keep RightYou are required to keep right of the median/construction.
Speed LimitShows the maximum speed limits allowed in the area.
Speed Zone AheadThe area ahead has a reduced speed limit.

Warning Signs

These signs tell you of a hazard ahead. As we saw, in general, these are yellow or fluorescent yellow-green. 

When you encounter a warning sign, you are required to slow down and be more alert to your surroundings. 

CrossroadA four-way intersection is ahead. Follow the traffic signs and be alert for incoming traffic.
Winding RoadWinding road ahead.
T IntersectionNo straight roads ahead. You need to make a right or left turn.
Side Road (angled)There is a side road that enters the highway at an angle.
Side RoadThere is a side road on the right that enters the highway.
Sharp Right TurnThere is a sharp right turn ahead.
Sharp Left and Right TurnThere is a sharp left turn followed by a sharp right turn ahead. 
Right and Left CurvesThe road ahead has a right and left curve. 
Railroad CrossingThere is a railroad crossing ahead. 
Narrow BridgeThere is a part of the bridge that is narrower than the one you are on. Passing is allowed but takes caution. 
School AheadSchool zone ahead. You need to slow down and be alert for crossing children.
Loose GravelThere is loose gravel on the highway ahead. 
One Lane BridgeThe bridge ahead only has one lane – passing is not possible. 
Range CattleCattle and horses may be on the highway due to the lack of fences.
Road NarrowsThe road ahead narrows, but there is still room for passing. 
Icy RoadIcy road ahead, slow down, and take caution. 
Stop AheadThere is a stop sign ahead, start slowing down.
Right Curve (with safe speed indication)There is a right curve ahead. Follow the speed suggestion. 
School Crossing AheadYou are approaching a school zone. Slow down and be alert for pedestrians. 
Pedestrian CrossingPedestrian crossing ahead. Slow down and make a full stop if there are people crossing. 
Low ClearanceThe overpass ahead has a low clearance. Do not proceed if your vehicle is tall. 
HillYou are approaching a steep grade ahead. Check your brakes and shift into a lower gear if necessary.
Divided Highway BeginsYou are approaching a divided highway. Keep right.
Divided Highway EndsYou are leaving a divided highway. 
Deer CrossingDeer often cross this area. Be alert and stop if you see a deer crossing. 
Cattle CrossingCattle often cross this area because a farm was split by a roadway. Be cautious when passing. 
Slippery When WetThe road becomes slippery when wet. Reduce your speed and do not step hard on your brakes. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead. 

Construction and Maintenance Signs

Whenever there is construction or temporary maintenance on the roads ahead, you will often see orange warning signs, devices, panels, and flaggers on the road. 

When approaching these areas, always slow down and take caution. Do not stay too close to the barriers. 

Here are some signs you’ll see in the area.

Montana Road Signs

You will also see barriers and panels that will help manage traffic.

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Sometimes, there will be flaggers to give you directions on where to go. The directions the flaggers tell you will precede any road sign placed. 

Montana Road Signs

Railroad Crossing Signs

There will be a lot of signs indicating a railroad ahead. When you see these signs, prepare to slow down and make a complete stop, especially if there is a train approaching. 

Never beat a train. In most cases, there will be a gate that is lowered to prevent you from passing. 

Railroad CrossingRailroad crossing ahead. Start slowing down. 
Railroad Crossbuck SignYou’re at a railroad crossing. Make a full stop if the light is flashing. This means a train is approaching. 
Railroad GatesMake a full stop before the gate. Wait for the gate to go up before proceeding. 

Montana Traffic Signals

Now that we’ve seen the traffic signs, let’s move on to the signals. 

Traffic signals are often found at intersections. Now, there are signals for both vehicles and pedestrians. 

Don’t Walk (pedestrian signal)Do not cross. Stop by the side of the road. 
Walk (pedestrian signal)You can now cross the street. Make sure to look at both sides to check if there are oncoming vehicles. 
Steady red signalStop at the stop line before the intersection. You can make a right turn if there is no sign or police officer prohibiting the turn. However, you still have to yield to pedestrians. 
Steady red arrowStop. Only make a turn when the green arrow is showing. 
Flashing red signalMake a complete stop. You are only allowed to proceed if it is safe to do so. 
Steady yellow signalThe signal is about to turn red. Slow down and be ready to make a stop before the intersection. 
Steady yellow arrowThe red arrow is about to turn on. Slow down and stop right before the intersection. 
Flashing yellow arrowLeft turns are allowed, but you have to yield to oncoming vehicles. Turn left only when it is safe to do so. 
Flashing yellow signalProceed with caution as you pass the intersection.
Steady green signalGo. Pass the intersection cautiously.  
Steady green arrowYou can turn left safely.  

Montana Pavement Markings

Last, we have pavement markings. These markings are painted on the road and they give additional guidance on which lane you should be on. 


And there you have it — ALL the Montana road signs in one place. 

White lane markings

Yellow lane markings
Dashed white line – separates traffic lanes going in the same direction. You are allowed to pass. 

Solid white line – separate traffic lanes going in the same direction but you are not allowed to pass

Dashed yellow line – separates traffic lanes going in opposite directions.

Solid yellow line – passing in the opposite lane is not allowed

Dashed yellow line with a solid yellow line – the lane near the solid line is not allowed to pass.

Reversible lanesMarked by double dashed yellow lines, these lanes indicate that its directions can change depending on the traffic. 

There will be a traffic signal indicating the lane direction – an X means you are traveling in the wrong direction.
Shared Center laneThese lanes are for making left turns only. 

Sure, there’s a lot! But if you can understand the colors, the shapes, and the general meaning, then you’ll know what to do. 

Drive safely! 

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