Office of Traffic and Safety

Sign Replacement Program for Cities

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Traffic and Safety is accepting applications from communities to replace damaged, obsolete or substandard signs and signposts. The program will provide up to $5,000 of signs and signposts per applying community on a first- come, first-served basis. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply even if they have already participated in a similar program in a previous year. . We have awarded over 200 grants during the past 4 years. Several cities have qualified for grants over multiple years.

The responsibilities of an assessment of need, proper location and installation of posts will rest with the communities. Guidance to perform all of these tasks and all other information regarding the program is available on this website.

The signs and signposts available through the program are limited to those listed on the right. The associated hardware for mounting of posts and signs is provided by the program.


Program overview and application process

Inspection and installation guidelines

City resolution

Technical references

Mailing address
Iowa Department of Transportation
Office of Traffic and Safety
Ron McDaniel
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010


Variation of road signs
Posts available
  • 4" x 4" x 12' wood
  • 4" x 4" x 14' wood
  • 4" x 6" x 16' wood*
  • 4" x 6" x 18' wood*
  • U-Channel 14' galvanized steel
  • Telespar
    2" x 2" x 12 square tube
    1. Precut base
    2. Flat concrete base
* special drilling requirements