Multi Message Signs

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Revision:  1K
 
Date amended:  04-Jul-2017

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The information below is intended to reflect the preferred practice of Main Roads Western Australia ("Main Roads"). Main Roads reserves the right to update this information at any time without notice. If you have any questions or comments please contact Ron Koorengevel by e-mail or on (08) 9323 4704.

To the extent permitted by law, Main Roads, its employees, agents, authors and contributors are not liable for any loss resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you on the information herein displayed.

Revision Register

 

Ed/Version Number Clause Number Description of Revision Date
 1 All Guideline Developed  15-Feb-2011
 1A Advance Warning Series Size of MMS-ADV-52 amended to the correct dimension of 600 X 600 16-Feb-2011
 1B Header Contact person changed. 20-Sep-2011
 1C Advance Warning Series New Signs MMS-ADV-53 and MMS-ADV-54 added. 02-Nov-2012
 1D Advance Warning Series Blackground colour of images MMS-ADV-1 and MMS-ADV-10 amended to white colour.
 
21-Mar-2014
​1E​1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

​Signs MMS-EVE-8 and MMS-RC-7 moved.

Signs MMS-DIV-2 and MMS-DIV-3 added.

Signs MMS-POS-12, MMS-ADV-55, MMS-ADV-56, MMS-ADV-57, MMS-ADV-59, MMS-REG-6 (L & R) added.

​05-Mar-2015
​1F​1.8​Sign MMS-ADV-55 moved​31-Mar-2015
​1G​1.87​Sign MMS-ADV-59 amended​7-May-2015
​1H​1.1, 1.2, 1.8

​Signs MMS-ADV-9 and MMS-ADV-52 amended.

Signs MMS-REG-7, MMS-PED-7, MMS-PED-8 and MMS-ADV-60 added.

​12-Jan-2016
​1I​1.8​Signs MMS-ADV-63, MMS-ADV-65, MMS-ADV-66, MMS-ADV-67, MMS-ADV-68, MMS-ADV-69, MMS-ADV-70, MMS-ADV-71 added.​08-Jul-2016
​1J

​1.5

1.7


1.8

Signs MMS-DIV-8, MMS-DIV-9 added.

​Signs MMS-POS-13, MMS-POS-14 and MMS-POS-15 added.

Signs MMS-ADV-61, MMS-ADV-62, MMS-ADV-64, MMS-ADV-73, MMS-ADV-74, MMS-ADV-75, MMS-ADV-76, MMS-ADV-77 and MMS-ADV-78 added.

​16-Sep-2016
​1K​1.8​Sign MMS-ADV-79 added.​04-Jul-2017

Table of Content


INTRODUCTION 

This guideline describes the permitted uses of multi-message (3-panel) signs for Traffic Management for Works on Roads. 

In the near future Main Roads will review its Code of Practice for Events on Roads to include the use multi message signs. In addition a Code of Practice for Emergencies is currently being developed and this could also see the use of multi message signs.

Multi-message signs are an alternative to stand-alone signs. They are usually more conspicuous than stand alone signs because of the striking colour combination, and they make the task of signings easier and cheaper due to the lightweight material used in the signs construction. Multi-message signs may be used in conjunction with stand alone signs as required.


Guidelines for Use

The use of multi-message signs shall comply with the following requirements.

  • Only Main Roads WA approved message plates or signs shall be used and shall only be placed in the panel as shown in Mains Roads Traffic Management for Works on Roads Code of Practice Appendix 4 - Multi-message sign inventory and application schedule.
  • Regulatory control message plates, where used shall always be positioned closest to traffic and reflect condition.
  • Regulatory signs shall not be used in-conjunction with the NEXT 'x' km or 'x' km AHEAD message plates.
  • Lane status 600 x 600 signs shall only contain two lane instruction (arrow) messages. Lane status 1200 x 600 signs may contain up to 4 lane instruction messages.
  • Where practical multi-message sign assemblies should be duplicated on both sides of the road or carriageway, of the road to which the signs apply or as recommended by Australian Standards.
  • Signs shall be positioned in accordance with the requirements of Australian Standards - Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices AS1742.3.
  • All sections of the frame assembly shall be filled. Messages should be logically linked and conflicting messages should not be used.
    • Except as noted in the schedule, where used, at least one of the 600 x 600 sign panels must be symbolic.
    • Only 2 panels shall consist of a similar background colour.
    • Colour combination for sign legend and background to match existing practices included colour and reflectivity;
    • Have high contrast between panels when used as a multi-message sign (i.e. close colouring should be avoided on adjacent panels).
    • Duplication of the same or similar messages on the same multi-message sign shall be avoided.
    • Otherwise stand alone signs, as recommended by Australian Standards shall be used.
  • No company names, advertising or any other words, symbols or markings shall be displayed on the front face of the signs or frame other than that shown on the drawings.

Frames for Multi-Message Signs

  • The frame for the multi-message sign assembly should be capable of holding two 600 x 600mm sign panels along the top and one 1200 x 300mm sign panel along the bottom and or one 1200 x 600mm sign panel along the top and one 1200 x 300mm sign panel along the bottom.
  • The frame panel should be capable of holding back-to-back mounting of signs.
  • For details of a typical frame refer to drawing 201031-0155.  Other frames are available commercially.
  • The frame should comply with the requirements of Australian Standards AS 1742.3, Section 3.3.1 - Sign Mounting General

Substrates for Multi-Message Signs

A variety of different materials can be used for the sign substrates including the following:-

  • 5mm core flute
  • Aluminium
  • UV stabilised plastic

The substrates for the signs shall be of sufficient thickness and rigidity to prevent the signs being blown out of the frame.

The rear of the sign substrate shall be non-reflective.


Labelling Ownership of Message plates

The rear of the signs may be marked to identify the owner of the sign, subject to the following conditions.

  • The rear marking may consist of a logo and or lettering indicating the owner.
  • Where used,
    • Logos shall be placed at the corners of a sign not exceeding 50mm square.
    • Lettering shall be contained an area, located within15 mm from either the top or the bottom of the message plate


1. Multi Message Signs

1.1 Regulatory Series: MMS-REG
Sign Name Sign No. Size mm Drawing No. Amdt. No.
MMS-REG-1.GIF SPEED
SIGN
MMS-REG-1 600 x 600 201031-0050 0
MMS-REG-2.GIF END
SPEED SYMBOLIC
MMS-REG-2 600 x 600 201031-0051 0
MMS-REG-3.GIF NO
ENTRY
SYMBOLIC
MMS-REG-3 600 x 600 201031-0052 0
MMS-REG-4L.GIF

NO

LEFT/RIGHT TURN

SYMBOLIC

MMS-REG-4
(L & R)
600 x 600 201031-0053 0
MMS-REG-5.GIF NO
OVERTAKING
OR
PASSING
MMS-REG-5 600 x 600 201031-0054 0
Image: 201431-0049.PNG​LEFT / RIGHT ONLY

MMS-REG-6

(L & R)

​600 x 600201431-00490​
Image: MMS-REG-7.GIFSHARED PATH SYMBOLIC​​MMS-REG-7600 x 600​201531-0089​0


1.2 Pedestrian Series: MMS-PED
Sign Name Sign No. Size mm Drawing No. Amdt. No.
MMS-PED-1.GIF FOOTPATH
CLOSED
MMS-PED-1 600 x 600 201031-0055 0
MMS-PED-2.GIF FOOTPATH
TRIP HAZARD
MMS-PED-2 600 x 600 201031-0056 0
MMS-PED-3.GIF PEDESTRIANS -
LEFT & RIGHT
MMS-PED-3
(L & R)
1200 x 300 201031-0057 0
MMS-PED-4.GIF PEDESTRIAN
WATCH YOUR
STEP
MMS-PED-4 600 x 600 201031-0058 0
MMS-PED-5.GIF SLIPPERY
FOOTPATH
MMS-PED-5 600 x 600 201031-0059 0
MMS-PED-6.GIF USE
OTHER
FOOTPATH
MMS-PED-6 600 x 600 201031-0060 0
Image: MMS-PED-7.GIFCYCLISTS DISMOUNT​MMS-PED-7​600 x 600​201531-0087​0
Image: MMS-PED-8.GIFPATH CLOSED​​MMS-PED-8​600 x 600201531-0088​0


1.3 Event Series: MMS-EVE
Sign Name Sign No. Size mm Drawing No. Amdt. No.
MMS-EVE-1.GIF CYCLIST MMS-EVE-1 600 x 600 201031-0061 0
MMS-EVE-2.GIF END
EVENT
MMS-EVE-2 600 x 600 201031-0062 0
MMS-EVE-3.GIF EVENTS
AHEAD
MMS-EVE-3 600 x 600 201031-0063 0
MMS-EVE-4.GIF EVENT IN
PROGRESS
MMS-EVE-4 1200 x 300 201031-0064 0
MMS-EVE-5.GIF EVENT
ON SIDE ROAD 
MMS-EVE-5 1200 x 600 201031-0065 0
MMS-EVE-6.GIF PEDESTRIANS MMS-EVE-6 600 x 600 201031-0066 0
MMS-EVE-7.GIF RUNNER MMS-EVE-7 600 x 600 201031-0067 0
MMS-EVE-9.GIFEND EVENT​MMS-EVE-91200 x 600​201031-0177​0


1.4 Termination Series: MMS-TER
Sign Name Sign No. Size mm Drawing No. Amdt. No.
MMS-TER-1.GIF DRIVE SAFELY MMS-TER-1 1200 x 300 201031-0068 0
MMS-TER-2.GIF END
BLASTING AREA
MMS-TER-2 1200 x 600 201031-0069 0
MMS-TER-3.GIF END
DETOUR
MMS-TER-3 600 x 600 201031-0070 0
MMS-TER-4.GIF END
ROAD
WORK
MMS-TER-4 600 x 600 201031-0071 0
MMS-TER-5.GIF END
ROADWORK
MMS-TER-5 1200 x 600 201031-0072 0
MMS-TER-6.GIF THANK YOU MMS-TER-6 1200 x 300 201031-0073 0


1.5 Traffic Diversion Series: MMS-DIV
Sign Name Sign No. Size mm Drawing No. Amdt. No.
MMS-DIV-1.GIF DETOUR MMS-DIV-1 600 x 600 201031-0074 0
MMS-DIV-2.GIF

DETOUR FOR

HEAVY VEHICLES

MMS-DIV-2
(L & R)
1200 x 600 201031-0075 1
MMS-DIV-3.GIF

DETOUR FOR

HIGH VEHICLES

MMS-DIV-3
(L & R)
1200 x 600 201031-0076 1
MMS-DIV-4.GIF

DETOUR -

LEFT & RIGHT

MMS-DIV-4
(L & R)
1200 x 300 201031-0077 0
MMS-DIV-5.GIF TEMPORARY
HAZARD
MARKER
MMS-DIV-5 600 x 600 201031-0078 0
MMS-DIV-6.GIF LOCAL TRAFFIC
ONLY
MMS-DIV-6 1200 x 300 201031-0079 0
MMS-DIV-7.GIF

LOCAL

TRAFFIC

ONLY

MMS-DIV-7 600 x 600 201031-0080 0
Image: MMS-DIV-8.GIFDETOUR LEFT​MMS-DIV-8​​1200 x 300201631-0037​0​
Image: MMS-DIV-9.GIFDETOUR AHEAD​​MMS-DIV-9​1200 x 300201631-0038​0


1.6 Road Condition Series: MMS-RC
Sign Name Sign No. Size mm Drawing No. Amdt. No.
MMS-RC-1.GIF

LOOSE

STONES

MMS-RC-1 600 x 600 201031-0081 0
MMS-RC-2.GIF

LOOSE

SURFACE

MMS-RC-2 600 x 600 201031-0082 0
MMS-RC-3.GIF

NEW WORK

NO LINES

MARKED

MMS-RC-3 1200 x 600 201031-0083 0
MMS-RC-4.GIF NO LINES MMS-RC-4 600 x 600 201031-0084 0
MMS-RC-5.GIF

ROUGH

SURFACE

MMS-RC-5 600 x 600 201031-0085 0
MMS-RC-6.GIF SLIPPERY MMS-RC-6 600 x 600 201031-0086 0
MMS-RC-9.GIF TRAFFIC HAZARD MMS-RC-9 600 x 600 201031-0089 0
MMS-RC-10.GIF

WATER

OVER

ROAD

MMS-RC-10 600 x 600 201031-0090 0
MMS-RC-11.GIF

WATER OVER

ROAD

MMS-RC-11 1200 x 600 201031-0091 0
MMS-RC-12.GIF WET BITUMEN MMS-RC-12 600 x 600 201031-0092 0
MMS-RC-13.GIF ROUGH SURFACE MMS-RC-13 600 x 600 201031-0176 0


1.7 Position Series: MMS-POS
Sign Name Sign No. Size mm Drawing No. Amdt. No.
MMS-POS-1.GIF LANE STATUS MMS-POS-1
(L & R)
600 x 600 201031-0093 0
MMS-POS-2.GIF LANE STATUS MMS-POS-2
(L & R)
600 x 600 201031-0094 0
MMS-POS-3.GIF LANE STATUS MMS-POS-3
(L & R)
600 x 600 201031-0095 0
MMS-POS-4.GIF LANE STATUS MMS-POS-4 600 x 600 201031-0096 0
MMS-POS-5.GIF LANE STATUS MMS-POS-5 600 x 600 201031-0097 0
MMS-POS-6.GIF LANE STATUS MMS-POS-6
(L & R)
600 x 600 201031-0098 0
MMS-POS-7.GIF LANE STATUS MMS-POS-7
(L & R)
600 x 600 201031-0099 0
MMS-POS-8.GIF LANE STATUS MMS-POS-8 1200 x 300 201031-0100 0
MMS-POS-9.GIF

MERGE

LEFT/RIGHT

MMS-POS-9
(L & R)
600 x 600 201031-0101 0
MMS-POS-10.GIF MERGE LEFT/RIGHT MMS-POS-10
(L & R)
1200 x 300 201031-0102 0
MMS-POS-11.GIF LANE STATUS MMS-POS-11 600 x 600 201031-0175 0
Image: MMS-POS-12.GIF​LANE STATUSMMS-POS-12​600 x 600201431-0050​0
Image: MMS-POS-13.GIF​LANE STATUSMMS-POS-13
(L & R)​
600 x 600​201631-0034​0​
Image: MMS-POS-14.GIFLANE STATUS​MMS-POS-14
(L & R)
600 x 600​201631-0035​0​
Image: MMS-POS-15.GIF​LANE STATUS​MMS-POS-15
(L & R)
600 x 600​201631-0036​0​


1.8 Advance Warning Series: MMS-ADV
Sign Name Sign No. Size mm Drawing No. Amdt. No.
MMS-ADV-1.GIF xxkm AHEAD MMS-ADV-1 1200 x 300 201031-0103 0
MMS-ADV-2.GIF xxkm AHEAD MMS-ADV-2 600 x 600 201031-0104 0
MMS-ADV-3.GIF xxkph AHEAD MMS-ADV-3 600 x 600 201031-0105 0
MMS-ADV-4.GIF AT
INTERSECTION
MMS-ADV-4 1200 x 300 201031-106 0
MMS-ADV-5.GIF AT SIGNALS MMS-ADV-5 1200 x 300 201031-0107 0
MMS-ADV-6.GIF BLASTING AREA SWITCH OFF RADIO TRANSMITTERS MMS-ADV-6 1200 x 600 201031-0108 0
MMS-ADV-7.GIF BRIDGE
WORK
AHEAD
MMS-ADV-7 600 x 600 201031-0109 0
MMS-ADV-8.GIF BRIDGE WORK AHEAD MMS-ADV-8 1200 x 600 201031-0110 0
MMS-ADV-9.GIF DETOUR AHEAD MMS-ADV-9A

MMS-ADV-9B

600 x 600

1200 x 600

201031-0111 1
Image: MMS-ADV-10.RCN-D14^23149013.GIF DO NOT OVERTAKE MMS-ADV-10 1200 x 300 201031-0112 0
MMS-ADV-11.GIF DRIVE SLOWLY MMS-ADV-11 1200 x 300 201031-0113 0
MMS-ADV-12.GIF GRADER AHEAD MMS-ADV-12 600 x 600 201031-0114 0
MMS-ADV-13.GIF

HEAVY

 VEHICLES

MMS-ADV-13 600 x 600 201031-0115 0
MMS-ADV-14.GIF

HIGH

VEHICLES

MMS-ADV-14 600 x 600 201031-0116 0
MMS-ADV-15.GIF

LINE

MARKING

MMS-ADV-15 600 x 600 201031-0117 0
MMS-ADV-16.GIF LINE MARKING MMS-ADV-16 1200 x 300 201031-0118 0
MMS-ADV-17.GIF LOOK BOTH WAYS
TWO-WAY TRAFFIC
MMS-ADV-17 1200 x 600 201031-0119 0
MMS-ADV-18.GIF NEXT xx km MMS-ADV-18 600 x 600 201031-0120 0
MMS-ADV-19.GIF

NEXT xxkm

(WHITE)

MMS-ADV-19 1200 x 300 201031-0121 0
MMS-ADV-20.GIF NOW MMS-ADV-20 1200 x 300 201031-0122 0
MMS-ADV-21.GIF OBSTRUCTION MARKER MMS-ADV-21 1200 x 300 201031-0123 0
MMS-ADV-22.GIF ON SIDE ROAD MMS-ADV-22 1200 x 300 201031-0124 0
MMS-ADV-23.GIF OVER xxm MMS-ADV-23 1200 x 300 201031-0125 0
MMS-ADV-24.GIF OVER xxGVM MMS-ADV-24 1200 x 300 201031-0126 0
MMS-ADV-25.GIF

POWER LINE

WORKS IN PROGRESS

MMS-ADV-25 1200 x 600 201031-0127 0
MMS-ADV-26.GIF PREPARE TO STOP MMS-ADV-26 1200 x 300 201031-0128 0
MMS-ADV-27.GIF

PREPARE

TO

STOP

MMS-ADV-27 600 x 600 201031-0129 0
MMS-ADV-28.GIF REDUCE SPEED MMS-ADV-28 1200 x 300 201031-0130 0
MMS-ADV-29.GIF

REDUCE

SPEED

MMS-ADV-29 600 x 600 201031-0131 0
MMS-ADV-30.GIF REDUCE SPEED MMS-ADV-30 1200 x 600 201031-0132 0
MMS-ADV-31.GIF ROAD
CLOSED
MMS-ADV-31 600 x 600 201031-0133 0
MMS-ADV-32.GIF ROAD CLOSED MMS-ADV-32 1200 x 600 201031-0134 0
MMS-ADV-33.GIF ROAD CLOSED AHEAD MMS-ADV-33 1200 x 600 201031-0135 0
MMS-ADV-34.GIF

ROAD

PLANT

AHEAD

MMS-ADV-34 600 x 600 201031-0136 0
MMS-ADV-35.GIF

ROAD PLANT

AHEAD

MMS-ADV-35 1200 x 600 201031-0137 0
MMS-ADV-36.GIF

ROAD PLANT

ON SIDE ROAD

MMS-ADV-36 1200 x 600 201031-0138 0
MMS-ADV-37.GIF

ROAD

SIDE

HAZARD

MMS-ADV-37 600 x 600 201031-0139 0
MMS-ADV-38.GIF

ROAD

WORK

AHEAD

MMS-ADV-38 600 x 600 201031-0140 0
MMS-ADV-39.GIF

ROADWORK

AHEAD

MMS-ADV-39 1200 x 600 201031-0141 0
MMS-ADV-40.GIF ROADWORKS MMS-ADV-40 1200 x 300 201031-0142 0
MMS-ADV-41.GIF

ROADWORK

ON SIDE ROAD

MMS-ADV-41 1200 x 600 201031-0143 0
MMS-ADV-42.GIF

SIDE

ROAD

CLOSED

MMS-ADV-42 600 x 600 201031-0144 0
MMS-ADV-43.GIF

SIDE ROAD

CLOSED

MMS-ADV-43 1200 x 600 201031-0145 0
MMS-ADV-44.GIF

TEMPORARY

HAZARD

MARKER

MMS-ADV-44 600 x 600 201031-0146 0
MMS-ADV-45.GIF

TEMPORARY

HAZARD

MARKER

MMS-ADV-45 1200 x 300 201031-0147 0
MMS-ADV-46.GIF

TEMPORARY

HAZARD

MARKER

MMS-ADV-46 1200 x 300 201031-0148 0
MMS-ADV-47.GIF TRAFFIC CONTROLLER SYMBOLIC MMS-ADV-47 600 x 600 201031-0149 0
MMS-ADV-48.GIF

TRAFFIC

SIGNALS

MMS-ADV-48 600 x 600 201031-0150 0
MMS-ADV-49.GIF

TRAFFIC

SIGNALS

NOT IN USE

MMS-ADV-49 600 x 600 201031-0151 0
MMS-ADV-50.GIF

TRAFFIC

SIGNALS

NOT WORKING

MMS-ADV-50 600 x 600 201031-0152 0
MMS-ADV-51.GIF

TRUCK

SYMBOLIC

MMS-ADV-51 600 x 600 201031-0153 0
MMS-ADV-52.GIF

WORKER

SYMBOLIC

MMS-ADV-52A

MMS-ADV-52B

600 x 600

1200 x 600

201031-0154 1
MMS-ADV-53.GIF

UHF

CHANNEL XX

MMS-ADV-53 1200 x 300 201231-0045 0
MMS-ADV-54.GIF UHF CHANNEL XX MMS-ADV-54 600 x 600 201231-0046 0

Image: MMS-ADV-56.GIF

DETOUR AHEAD​MMS-ADV-561200 x 300​201531-0015​0
Image: MMS-ADV-57.GIFVERGE WORKS​MMS-ADV-57​600 x 600201531-0016​0
Image: MMS-ADV-59.GIFBRIDGE WORKS​MMS-ADV-59​1200 x 300201531-0018​

1

Image: MMS-ADV-60.GIF​ON RAMPMMS-ADV-60​1200 x 300201531-0090​0
Image: MMS-ADV-61.GIF​BUSHFIRE SYMBOLICMMS-ADV-61​​600 x 600201031-0166​​0
Image: MMS-ADV-62.GIF

WATER OVER
ROAD SYMBOLIC​

MMS-ADV-62​600 x 600​201031-0168​0
Image: MMS-ADV-63.GIF​CRASH SYMBOLICMMS-ADV-63​600 x 600201031-0163​0
Image: MMS-ADV-64.GIF​HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SYMBOLICMMS-ADV-64​​600 x 600201031-0170​​0
Image: MMS-ADV-65.GIFBUSH FIRE​MMS-ADV-65​600 x 600​201031-0164​0
Image: MMS-ADV-66.GIF​ROAD FLOODEDMMS-ADV-66​600 x 600201031-0167​0
Image: MMS-ADV-67.GIFROAD CRASH​MMS-ADV-67​600 x 600201031-0162​0
Image: MMS-ADV-68.GIFHAZARDOUS MATERIAL​MMS-ADV-68​600 x 600201031-0169​0
Image: MMS-ADV-69.GIF​EMERGENCY AHEADMMS-ADV-69​1200 x 300201031-0158​0
Image: MMS-ADV-70.GIFPOLICE CONTROL​MMS-ADV-70​600 x 600201031-0161​0
Image: MMS-ADV-71.GIF​POLICE CONTROL AHEADMMS-ADV-71​1200 x 300201031-0160​0
Image: MMS-ADV-73.GIFBURNING OFF​​MMS-ADV-73600 x 600​​201631-0030​0
Image: MMS-ADV-74.GIFBURNING OFF​​MMS-ADV-741200 x 300​201631-00310​
Image: MMS-ADV-75.GIFHEADLIGHTS ON​​MMS-ADV-75​600 x 600201631-00320​
Image: MMS-ADV-76.GIF​BUSH FIREMMS-ADV-76​1200 x 300201631-0033​0
Image: MMS-ADV-77.GIFSMOKE HAZARD​MMS-ADV-77​600 x 600201631-0028​0​
Image: MMS-ADV-78.GIFSMOKE HAZARD​MMS-ADV-78​1200 x 300201631-0029​0​
Image: MMS-ADV-79.GIFPORTABOOM​MMS-ADV-79​600 x 600201631-0077​0