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Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« on: January 17, 2022, 07:54:53 AM »

My apologies if this has been discussed before, but I am aware that Connecticut uses center tab exit signs on most of their highways, but were they ever used much outside of the Nutmeg State? The only two places I can think of are along solo 128 in Danvers and I-95 on the MA/RI border. Are there any others I’m missing?
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2022, 08:07:59 AM »

New York City has long used center exit tabs on at least the Belt Parkway, although they’ve been changing that as they replace old signs. 
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2022, 12:37:24 PM »

My apologies if this has been discussed before, but I am aware that Connecticut uses center tab exit signs on most of their highways, but were they ever used much outside of the Nutmeg State? The only two places I can think of are along solo 128 in Danvers and I-95 on the MA/RI border. Are there any others I’m missing?

Centered exit tabs were the standard until the release of the 1978 MUTCD. The first time I ever saw non-centered exit tabs was when the interchange for I-81/I-481 in Syracuse was built in the early 1980s. Minnesota seemed to be using centered exit tabs in the early 2000s, don't know if that's still their practice.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2022, 12:43:06 PM »

Ohio uses centered tabs for well... center exits. Here's two relatively new examples at the OH 315 exit from I-71 NB and US 62 exit from I-670 EB

Lots of other states still have old examples of centered exit tabs regardless of which side of the road the exit is. Missouri and Minnesota are the first two states that comes to my mind for this.

For full length centered exit tabs, Georgia and Washington are the only two states to use them iirc.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2022, 01:36:08 PM »

Ohio uses centered tabs for well... center exits. Here's two relatively new examples at the OH 315 exit from I-71 NB and US 62 exit from I-670 EB

This is actually a very good idea on ODOT's part.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2022, 03:27:59 PM »

I remember seeing a bunch of centered exit tabs in Minnesota. Does that state still use them on new installations?
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2022, 03:40:12 PM »

I remember seeing a bunch of centered exit tabs in Minnesota. Does that state still use them on new installations?
I don’t think so. Most new BGS in MN use the same “slightly curved” exit tab style as MO and OH, with them placed at the side of the exit.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2022, 04:20:46 PM »

Still a few old ones remaining in Kentucky.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2022, 05:08:29 PM »


For full length centered exit tabs, Georgia and Washington are the only two states to use them iirc.

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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2022, 05:54:40 PM »

For full length centered exit tabs, Georgia and Washington are the only two states to use them iirc.
Georgia stopped using those when they stopped using Series D on BGS's.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2022, 06:29:02 PM »


For full length centered exit tabs, Georgia and Washington are the only two states to use them iirc.

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IDOT's are aligned to the side of the exit.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2022, 06:40:47 PM »

As far as I know, Washington is the only state that still centers the exit number legend, although as mentioned above, the tab is always full-width and installed as part of the guide sign. Every other state and agency aligns the exit number legend to the left or right, even if the tab is full-width and/or installed as part of the guide sign.

The exception to this rule are: Southwest Washington in general; APL signs; a few scattered signs elsewhere in state.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2022, 07:47:23 PM »

I forgot about this one, but on I-287 in Westchester, there’s a button copy BGS at Exit 9 that has a center tab.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2022, 09:55:01 PM »

Not EXIT signs, but Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee use mileage signs every 2/10 of a mile in the median, as I am sure other states do.  Very handy when I am driving 75 - 85 in the left lane trying to get past slow-moving traffic (especially trucks) and I need to get over in the last half a mile before my exit.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2022, 09:57:19 PM »

Pennsylvania had centered exit tabs in the days of button copy.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2022, 09:59:22 PM »

Not EXIT signs, but Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee use mileage signs every 2/10 of a mile in the median, as I am sure other states do.  Very handy when I am driving 75 - 85 in the left lane trying to get past slow-moving traffic (especially trucks) and I need to get over in the last half a mile before my exit.
I made a dedicated thread for those mileage signs a while ago, called enhanced mile markers:

https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=28137.0

And it's not always every 0.2. Indiana uses 0.1 in urban areas and 0.5 in rural areas, for example.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2022, 10:23:18 PM »

My apologies if this has been discussed before, but I am aware that Connecticut uses center tab exit signs on most of their highways, but were they ever used much outside of the Nutmeg State? The only two places I can think of are along solo 128 in Danvers and I-95 on the MA/RI border. Are there any others I’m missing?

Centered exit tabs were the standard until the release of the 1978 MUTCD. The first time I ever saw non-centered exit tabs was when the interchange for I-81/I-481 in Syracuse was built in the early 1980s. Minnesota seemed to be using centered exit tabs in the early 2000s, don't know if that's still their practice.

They're still technically permitted for right exits, the statement calling for right-aligned exit tabs for right exits is only Guidance rather than Standard [2E.31 - 07] (the left exit tab on the left is a Standard [2E.31 - 08]). Although I think the proposed new MUTCD changes this.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2022, 08:01:03 PM »

My apologies if this has been discussed before, but I am aware that Connecticut uses center tab exit signs on most of their highways, but were they ever used much outside of the Nutmeg State? The only two places I can think of are along solo 128 in Danvers and I-95 on the MA/RI border. Are there any others I’m missing?

Centered exit tabs were the standard until the release of the 1978 MUTCD. The first time I ever saw non-centered exit tabs was when the interchange for I-81/I-481 in Syracuse was built in the early 1980s. Minnesota seemed to be using centered exit tabs in the early 2000s, don't know if that's still their practice.

They're still technically permitted for right exits, the statement calling for right-aligned exit tabs for right exits is only Guidance rather than Standard [2E.31 - 07] (the left exit tab on the left is a Standard [2E.31 - 08]). Although I think the proposed new MUTCD changes this.

NCDOT has used justified tabs for many years, but there are still many locations with center tabs (some at relatively newer installations).  In some cases, there seems to be a reason for the difference, as I-85 has almost entirely right justified exit tabs going [eastbound] at the I-40 split near Hillsborough, but for some reason the ramp from [westbound] I-85 to [southbound] I-40 has a bunch of centered tabs.  I'm not entirely sure, but those BGS may have been recently replaced along with others on I-85 between Hillsborough and Durham (sometime around 2015, give or take a few years).
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2022, 01:20:36 PM »

Back in the late 1990s South Carolina moved the exit tabs on their button copy signs on I-85 from the center to the right side. At the time the signs were like those in Pennsylvania, with no bottom border on the exit tab. They left the blank space with no border in the center but the tab had been moved to right.
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Re: Center Tab Exit Signs outside of CT?
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2022, 11:33:35 PM »

I remember seeing a bunch of centered exit tabs in Minnesota. Does that state still use them on new installations?

Other than the stray holdout, the largest stretches of center tabs remaining are:

-I-494 from I-394 to US 212 (rebuilt 2004-2006, just before MN transitioned to side tabs)
-I-494 from MN 77 to US 52 (many of these signs are now in dire need of replacement, especially east of I-35E)
-I-694 from I-35E to I-94/494 in Oakdale
-I-35 around Albert Lea
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