Speed Legend

Speed legends are numerals painted on the roadway indicating the current speed limit in miles per hour. They are usually placed near speed limit signposts. Speed legends can be useful in reinforcing a reduction in speed limit between one segment of a roadway and another segment. They may also be placed at major entry points into a residential area. 


Photo of speed legend.


  • Inexpensive.
  • Helps reinforce a change in speed limit.
  • Does not slow emergency vehicles.


  • Has not been shown to significantly reduce travel speeds.
  • Requires regular maintenance.

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