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State Entry Signs
For most visitors and returning residents, a state entry sign is their first visual image of Minnesota as they arrive at the various border entry points throughout the state. MnDOT estimates that in 2008 nearly eighty-seven million vehicles entered the state at the 65 trunk highway entrances along the state borders. Since the 1930’s, Minnesota has marked its borders to welcome travelers. The last major re-design of Minnesota’s state entry signs was in 1996.
Entry Sign Classification
Minnesota utilizes a "family" of signs, scaled to the traffic volume of the various entry roads. MnDOT maintains the following three types of state entry signs:
Type I - Major Entrance Signs (12 total)
Monument-style signs located on interstate highways and the highway routes with the highest traffic volume.
Type II - Secondary Entrance Signs (20 total)
Historic and historic-style signs of stone and wood, mostly located on highways with moderate traffic volume. Minnesota has 16 Type II entry signs that are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Type III - Minor Entrance Sign (33 total)
Metal signs located on highway entrance routes with the lowest traffic volume.
For each type of entry sign, there is a corresponding exit sign. Where road conditions allow, some Type I and Type III signs have a companion exit sign on the opposite side of the road. Type II signs have a “visit again” message on the reverse side of the wooden panel.