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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #675 on: November 10, 2019, 07:39:30 PM »


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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #676 on: November 17, 2019, 10:20:25 AM »

I found a set of old Eagles on angled mast-arms:

Old Eagles on an angled mast-arm by thesignalman, on Flickr


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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #677 on: December 03, 2019, 11:47:00 AM »

Textual DONT WALK sign at NE 45th Street and Interstate 5 in Seattle.  Additionally, it's a 3M louvered signal.

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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #678 on: December 03, 2019, 03:38:14 PM »

Textual DONT WALK sign at NE 45th Street and Interstate 5 in Seattle.  Additionally, it's a 3M louvered signal.



There are a few textual pedestrian signals in my area:

Eagle Flatback worded pedestrian signals by thesignalman, on Flickr

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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #679 on: December 03, 2019, 03:54:46 PM »

Utah is a place where old things go to die. The state has only two button copy signs left and very little in the way of old signals, and even span-wires are a rarity. I was up in Logan and knew they had some span-wires up there, so thought I'd drive through the area and check them out just for fun. So imagine my shock when I saw these:




The weird thing was that at some of the lights, the "WALK" had been replaced with a man, but the "DONT WALK" was still there:



All of the signals up there look like this. I'm not familiar with all the different brands and types of traffic signals, but these certainly look old:

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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #680 on: December 07, 2019, 10:13:00 PM »

Utah is a place where old things go to die. The state has only two button copy signs left and very little in the way of old signals, and even span-wires are a rarity. I was up in Logan and knew they had some span-wires up there, so thought I'd drive through the area and check them out just for fun. So imagine my shock when I saw these:




The weird thing was that at some of the lights, the "WALK" had been replaced with a man, but the "DONT WALK" was still there:



All of the signals up there look like this. I'm not familiar with all the different brands and types of traffic signals, but these certainly look old:



The signals in the last photo are Square-Door Econolite Bullseyes
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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #681 on: December 24, 2019, 03:13:28 PM »

I found some ancient 1950's Crouse-Hinds type DT signals in Collingdale:

Crouse-Hinds Art Deco signals by thesignalman, on Flickr

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Crouse-Hinds Art Deco by thesignalman, on Flickr

I don't have the foggiest idea of how these old geezers slipped past PennDOT's radar. It's truly mind-blowing. These things don't even have LEDs either, a majority of them still have the original Crouse-Hinds smiley lenses. This could be due to the fact that these signals are installed at extremely narrow intersections, making the intersection geometry difficult for signal visibility if a mast-arm were to be added.   
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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #682 on: January 24, 2020, 11:46:19 PM »

I found some ancient 1950's vintage Crouse-Hinds type DT signals in Folsom:

8-inch Crouse-Hinds type R with a Crouse-Hinds Art Deco by thesignalman, on Flickr

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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #683 on: January 25, 2020, 01:31:12 PM »

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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #684 on: January 06, 2021, 09:41:29 PM »

Here is an old detector in Tacoma, WA (Google Maps here).

Both approaches have them in the ground. I don't believe they function anymore, as there are cuts in the pavement at the intersection that would indicate a pavement detector.

The intersection rests in walk, for the record.





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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #685 on: January 06, 2021, 10:23:56 PM »

^^^  Old detector in Renton.  Former US 10, southerly route.
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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #686 on: January 07, 2021, 12:33:45 PM »

^^^  Old detector in Renton.  Former US 10, southerly route.

I wonder how common these actually are. I'd like to think the one I found in Tacoma is exceptionally unusual as it still has the old identification plate that explained what it was. I would guess most are just rectangles like in the Renton example.
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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #687 on: January 07, 2021, 02:42:08 PM »

There used to be two at an intersection in Cincinnati that had long since been abandoned, but they have been removed and paved over. However common they might have been, they're a liability now.  The metal frames can come loose and puncture tires, and they have to be dug out if the pavement is going to be milled down for resurfacing.  I imagine they can't be paved over without being removed either.

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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #688 on: July 11, 2021, 01:52:03 PM »

Managed to find another of these detectors. No photo this time, though. Just GSV. Not sure how I would get that picture, as it's an insanely busy road.

S 38th St, Tacoma, WA

This one is pretty odd. It's not centered on a lane. I have to assume the road was rebuilt around it at one point.

From surveying old imagery, several new lanes were added in the 1980s (before, after), but I can't quite figure out what aligned with what to make it so that detector is where it is today. Anyone with some investigative skills, let me know what you think.
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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #689 on: July 11, 2021, 02:04:20 PM »

Managed to find another of these detectors. No photo this time, though. Just GSV. Not sure how I would get that picture, as it's an insanely busy road.

S 38th St, Tacoma, WA

This one is pretty odd. It's not centered on a lane. I have to assume the road was rebuilt around it at one point.

From surveying old imagery, several new lanes were added in the 1980s (before, after), but I can't quite figure out what aligned with what to make it so that detector is where it is today. Anyone with some investigative skills, let me know what you think.

Also interesting at that intersection is the up red arrow. Becoming more and more uncommon these days.
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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #690 on: July 11, 2021, 03:17:35 PM »

Managed to find another of these detectors. No photo this time, though. Just GSV. Not sure how I would get that picture, as it's an insanely busy road.

S 38th St, Tacoma, WA

This one is pretty odd. It's not centered on a lane. I have to assume the road was rebuilt around it at one point.

From surveying old imagery, several new lanes were added in the 1980s (before, after), but I can't quite figure out what aligned with what to make it so that detector is where it is today. Anyone with some investigative skills, let me know what you think.

Also interesting at that intersection is the up red arrow. Becoming more and more uncommon these days.
as MUTCD currently disallows it.
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Re: Old Traffic Signals
« Reply #691 on: July 11, 2021, 03:24:49 PM »

Managed to find another of these detectors. No photo this time, though. Just GSV. Not sure how I would get that picture, as it's an insanely busy road.

S 38th St, Tacoma, WA

This one is pretty odd. It's not centered on a lane. I have to assume the road was rebuilt around it at one point.

From surveying old imagery, several new lanes were added in the 1980s (before, after), but I can't quite figure out what aligned with what to make it so that detector is where it is today. Anyone with some investigative skills, let me know what you think.

Also interesting at that intersection is the up red arrow. Becoming more and more uncommon these days.
as MUTCD currently disallows it.

The lane-use arrows below the signals are also pretty unusual.

I'm curious when that red up arrow ban came in place. As far as I know, that red up arrow (northbound through lane) has been there for decades. I believe it was used to further enforce the no-double-turn situation.
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