Rules of the Road: MCDOT Answers Common Questions

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Editor’s Note: This press release was provided by Jennifer Toth, Director/County Engineer at the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.


As we are looking ahead to warmer weather and an increase in outdoor activities within our beautiful community, I wanted to take a moment to remind folks about some rules of the road designed to keep all of us safe when out and about.

Below is information regarding topics and frequently asked questions we receive at MCDOT.

Driveway ramps

MCDOT does not permit the use of curb ramps or any other such device within County right of way.  Curb ramps placed in MCDOT’s right of way are an unauthorized use of County right of way and are not allowed and must be removed.  Homeowners who use these devices bear all responsibility and liability for their use.

Parking in the right of way

MCDOT understands that everyone likes to park close to where they’re going.  There are however, several situations where this isn’t allowed such as:

  • Blocking a driveway or obstructing traffic;
  • Parking along a bridge, tunnel or culvert;
  • And placing cars for sale in the MCDOT right of way.

Remember to also obey traffic signs. If parking is prohibited, we’re doing it for your safety and the safety of others.

MCDOT monitors the roadways in the area and based on traffic safety and other concerns, MCDOT may add no parking signs to roadways and our right of way when necessary.

Parking and bicycle lanes

Although it may be convenient, it is not lawful to operate, stop, park or leave a vehicle in an area designated as a bicycle path or lane.  Simply put, there is no driving or parking allowed in or on bicycle lanes (unless specifically designated for special events like Anthem Days).

Signs in the right of way

Arizona State law prohibits the installation of any signs advertising the sale of an article, service or thing in a county right of way.  Some signs may be allowed but they will require a permit. No sign may create a hazard to public safety, obstruct clear vision or interfere with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

Getting a permit

MCDOT requires a permit for any activity to occupy, use or construct improvements within a County right of way.  This ensures new improvements are built to County standards and that safety requirements are met.

Common reasons to obtain a permit include:

  • Constructing a driveway, sidewalk, curb or gutter;
  • Constructing water, gas or sewer pipelines;
  • Installing irrigation;
  • Installing structures such as signs, mailboxes, fences and landscaping;
  • And special events.

I hope you find this information helpful as MCDOT is committed to being a good neighbor by keeping you safe on our roads.

You can always call to report potholes, damaged signs or other roadway hazards at 602-506-6063.  You can also find out if a road is a MCDOT maintained road by visiting gis.maricopa.gov/roadinformationpublic/

And if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to visit us at mcdot.maricopa.gov or by calling 602-506-8600.


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