Construction Road Signs: How Should They Be Placed?

Construction road signs play an important role in communicating information to drivers who are coming up to or passing on-going roadworks in their vehicles. There is a certain legal expectation that such roadwork and construction site operators must meet to ensure health & safety standards are achieved. Then there is the moral responsibility that comes with getting this right. Roadworks are a vital part of ensuring that roads continue to run smoothly for drivers, and also help to repair any unsafe parts of a road. But without proper roadworks sign plates in place, roadworks can also cause accidents too.

This is often due to signs either not being visible or clearly legible, signs providing confusing or contradictory information, or when certain road construction safety signs are missing. The main principle of good signposting is that signs need to be placed for maximum visibility while causing minimal disturbance. Sometimes the action required to achieve this can be clear, but there are times when limitations impinge on these standards. A good place to put signs is grass verges or on the 'run off' parts of a road where there is little-to-no chance of drivers colliding with them. Footpaths are also another possibility, but care must be taken not to obstruct the footpath's width to less than 1m.

For those with an interest in how to properly place road construction warning signs, it is best to consult chapter 8 of the 'Traffic Signs Manual' issued by the Department for Transport. One other aspect of how effective signs are placed relates to their size. They shouldn't be too small to be missed, nor too big to impede drivers and/or pedestrians. If you order your signs with Signmark, you will receive high-quality roadworks and construction signs that have been manufactured and tailored to suit the health & safety standards expected within the UK. To order and receive same-day delivery on signs, just visit, call our team on 01227 833979 or email us via