As part of numerous highway improvement projects that are currently underway through NDOT, new highway mile marker signs are being installed. The new signs provide increased visibility since the sign is placed with the top of the sign five feet above the roadway and the signs are more than twice the size of the existing markers. The larger size improves readability and helps drivers communicate their exact location in times of need.
The markers are also being installed further off the side of the road and mounted into the ground with concrete, meaning they are less prone to be accidentally knocked over by vehicles pulling to the side of the road. This also allows them to be easily replaced in the same exact location should they get damaged.
NDOT displays these milepost markers along state roadways as an important resource for drivers. They help drivers determine how far away your destination is, give an exact location when calling for roadside assistance, and most importantly, provide critical information for emergency personnel when responding to crashes. They are also used by roadway engineers and maintenance staff to reference certain areas of roadway.