North Dakota Road Signs (A Complete Guide)

North Dakota Road Signs

Preparing for the North Dakota permit test?

Trying to avoid those annoying tickets?

Wanting to be a safe driver?

Then you need to be familiar with the North Dakota road signs. 

More than that, you need to make sure that you obey each one. 

To help you, we’re going to detail ALL the North Dakota road signs. We’ll also add in the traffic signals and pavement markings. 

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in!

North Dakota Traffic Signs

In North Dakota, there are 4 traffic sign categories, namely:

  • Regulatory signs
  • Warning signs
  • Construction and maintenance signs
  • Guide signs

Let’s look into them. 

Regulatory Signs

As the name suggests, regulatory signs regulate the flow of traffic. They tell you what you can and can’t do and where you can and can’t go. Some of them tell you about the rules of the road. 

These signs are usually white or red with black or white symbols/words. 

Sign:Visual Aid:Meaning:
StopYou must come to a complete stop before the sign, crosswalk, or intersection. 
YieldYield the right of way. When you see this sign and there are other cars or pedestrians, slow down and prepare to stop. 
Speed LimitShows the maximum speed allowed in the area during ideal conditions. 
One WayThe road is a one-way street. Only traffic following the direction of the sign is allowed. 
Wrong WayYou are going the wrong way. Make a U-turn and exit the road. 
Do Not EnterYou are not allowed to enter the restricted road. 
No U-TurnYou cannot make a U-turn. 
No Left/Right TurnYou cannot make a right/left turn. 
No TrucksTrucks are not allowed to pass.
No Passing ZoneUsually found on the right side of the road, this sign tells you that you cannot pass other vehicles. 
No Turn on RedYou cannot make a turn while the red traffic light is turned on. 
Two-way Left Turn OnlyThe center lane is dedicated to vehicles making a left turn. The center lane cannot be used for passing. 
Left Turn Traffic SignalsThese signs tell you when you can turn left. 

Warning Signs

Warning signs tell you of potentially hazardous conditions ahead. These signs are often bright yellow with black symbols. 

When you see a warning sign, always proceed with caution. 

Sign:Visual Aid:Meaning:
Curved roads aheadIndicates a curve or turn ahead. Start reducing your speed before you enter the curve or turn. 
Reduced lanesThere’s a reduction in the number of lanes ahead. Move to the right lane with caution.
Divided highway endsThe divided highway ends.
Divided highway beginsThe divided highway starts. Traffic going in different directions will be separated. 
Two-way trafficYou are entering a two-way traffic road.
Merging roadsTraffic may be merging from your right side. Proceed with caution.
Intersection aheadAn intersection is ahead. Be aware of traffic lights and other road signs. 
Pedestrian signsPedestrians will be crossing in this area. Watch out for them and yield the right of way. 
School signsA school zone or a marked school crossing is ahead. 
School crosswalkA crosswalk for schoolchildren is ahead. 
Traffic signal aheadThere is a traffic signal ahead, slow down when the yellow light is turned on. 
Deer crossingDeer may cross in this area. Stay alert and drive cautiously. 
Yield aheadYield the right of way ahead.
Bump aheadThere’s a bump in the road ahead. Slow down to easily pass.
Bicyclists on the roadStay alert for bicyclists on the road. 
Slippery road when wetSlippery road ahead, slow down to avoid sliding. 
Railroad crossingA railroad crossing is ahead. Be alert for crossing trains. 
If the gates are lowered or you hear a train approaching, make a full stop before the gate/crossing. 
Slow-moving vehicleThis is a sign attached to the rear of a slow-moving vehicle (driving up to 25 mph). 

Construction and Maintenance Signs

Whenever there are construction and maintenance activities on the road, expect to have warning signs in orange and black. 

When passing these zones, you are required to reduce speed. Here are some examples of construction and maintenance signs in North Dakota: 

North Dakota Road Signs
North Dakota Road Signs

Channelizing devices such as barricades, panels, and cones may also be used to direct traffic and provide safety to drivers and workers alike. Aside from these, flag persons may be present to help organize traffic. 

North Dakota Road Signs
North Dakota Road Signs

Flashing arrow panels are often used to tell drivers where to go. If the flashing light doesn’t have an arrow, it is in ‘caution mode’. 

North Dakota Road Signs
North Dakota Road Signs

Guide Signs

Guide signs are characterized by blue, green, or brown signs. These signs give information on available services, cultural places, and nearby distances. 

Sign:Visual Aid:Meaning:
Directional signsGives information on the nearby destinations and the distance from them.
Milepost signsThe numbers indicate the miles you are from the south or west border of the state or the origin of the route.
Service signsIndicates services nearby.
Handicapped symbolSpecial sign that denotes rest areas for people with mobility impairments
Recreational area signsIndicate parks, hiking spots, and places for different activities.

North Dakota Traffic Signals

To be sure, traffic signals are very, very common. You probably already know their meaning. However, we won’t skip anything, so let’s still review it. 

Traffic lights are often seen at intersections to help direct traffic and give ample opportunity for all vehicles to pass. It’s important to follow these lights to avoid colliding with other cars and pedestrians on the road. 

Sign:Visual Aid:Meaning:
Steady red lightMake a stop before the stop line or the crosswalk. 
Steady yellow lightWarning – the light is about to turn red. Prepare to stop if you haven’t entered the intersection yet. 
Steady green lightYou may go if the intersection is clear. 
Steady green arrowsYou may enter the intersection in the direction shown by a green arrow. Even if the main traffic light is red, you can still make a turn if the arrow is green. 
Flashing red lightMake a full stop first. If the coast is clear, you can enter the intersection with caution.  
Flashing yellow lightProceed with caution.
Steady red arrowYou must stop and wait for the light to turn green before turning. 
Steady yellow arrowPrepare to stop, the red arrow is about to come on. 
Flashing yellow arrowYou may turn after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. 

North Dakota Pavement Markings

Pavement markings direct traffic, too. However, this time, these are markings painted on the road. 

Sign:Visual Aid:Meaning:
Broken yellow center linesPassing is permitted in both directions. 
One broken yellow line and one solid yellow linePassing is permitted in the lane nearest the broken yellow lines. Lanes on the side of the solid yellow lane can only pass when turning left. 
Two solid yellow linesPassing is not permitted from both lanes except when making a left turn.
Undivided roadwayMulti-lane or two-way roads where passing is not permitted except when doing a left turn. 
Divided roadwaysRoads separated by a divider.
Two-way left turn laneThe center lane is used only for those who are turning left in either direction. Passing is not allowed on this lane. 
Intersection linesStop lines – wide, white lines where you should stop before entering the intersection. 
Crosswalk lines – a set of white lines for pedestrians to cross in. You are not allowed to block a crosswalk. 
Unmarked crosswalk – when there are no lines, stop before entering the intersection.
Designated left- and right-turn lanesIf there is an available right/left turn-only lane, you may use this lane if you are going in the direction indicated. You cannot use it to go straight. 


So that was the North Dakota road signs. 

It’s a lot, we know. 

While we encourage you to memorize these signs and their meanings, it may be difficult for you. If so, you can memorize the sign colors and shapes instead. From there, you can get an idea of what the sign means. 

Drive safely!

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