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Author Topic: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly  (Read 1128184 times)

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6125 on: April 28, 2021, 11:43:00 AM »

It makes me want to take a ground-rod driver to the post on the left.

I think that is the situation. The post is coming up out of the ground on the left.

However this one just ahead of it is also problematic.


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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6126 on: April 28, 2021, 11:50:06 AM »

This one leans too much.



The sign with the yellow legend is interesting. I feel like there should be a practical use for doing that because it seems useful. Maybe instead of writing TOLL in a black-on-yellow box, we just write it in yellow-on-green instead.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6127 on: April 28, 2021, 12:55:41 PM »

This one leans too much.



The sign with the yellow legend is interesting. I feel like there should be a practical use for doing that because it seems useful. Maybe instead of writing TOLL in a black-on-yellow box, we just write it in yellow-on-green instead.

Is yellow-on-green specified in the MUTCD for county route shields on guide signs?  There are some instances of that use in Michigan, for example (I've posted these photos on other threads):




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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6128 on: April 28, 2021, 09:17:30 PM »

https://flic.kr/p/2kVrg7r
This one says 1 mile to Blue Heron but the sequential mileage sign across the way says otherwise.



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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6129 on: April 28, 2021, 09:24:29 PM »

https://flic.kr/p/2kVrg7r
This one says 1 mile to Blue Heron but the sequential mileage sign across the way says otherwise.



Maybe one is referring to the actual exit and the other is referring to the boulevard itself?
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6130 on: April 28, 2021, 09:53:52 PM »

Speed checked by radar and other electrical devices.  Not "electric" or "electronic," but "electrical."  If the officers are caught timing the car between landmarks with a windup stopwatch, you have a case for the judge.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6131 on: April 29, 2021, 09:02:39 AM »

Speed checked by radar and other electrical devices.  Not "electric" or "electronic," but "electrical."  If the officers are caught timing the car between landmarks with a windup stopwatch, you have a case for the judge.

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6132 on: April 29, 2021, 05:33:07 PM »

Speed checked by radar and other electrical devices.  Not "electric" or "electronic," but "electrical."  If the officers are caught timing the car between landmarks with a windup stopwatch, you have a case for the judge.

OK, is that before or after the obligatory "Radar Detectors Illegal" sign?

I'm always amused by city-installed signs that say "Speed Controlled by Radar."
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6133 on: April 29, 2021, 06:08:54 PM »

I'm always amused by city-installed signs that say "Speed Controlled by Radar."

Mexico has signs that say "radar in operation".  You know, like they limit it to only certain areas or something.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6134 on: April 30, 2021, 05:43:29 AM »

I'm always amused by city-installed signs that say "Speed Controlled by Radar."

Which I've found odd, because it doesn't "control" one's vehicle speed. Cruise Control is the closest thing to controlling speed, and that's mostly user-operated.

The technology obviously isn't there yet, mostly because there's no standard and legacy machinery will be around for a good long while.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6135 on: April 30, 2021, 10:57:36 AM »

I'm always amused by city-installed signs that say "Speed Controlled by Radar."

Which I've found odd, because it doesn't "control" one's vehicle speed. Cruise Control is the closest thing to controlling speed, and that's mostly user-operated.

That's standard cruise control. Millions of cars today have adaptive cruise control, the one that automatically accelerates or brakes to keep a set distance from the car in front of you. And ACC does in fact use radar (with the exception of Subaru's, which only uses two cameras), so you could actually say that for a lot of vehicles, their speed IS controlled by radar.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6136 on: April 30, 2021, 11:00:52 AM »

Heck, following that line of reasoning, traffic control devices don't control traffic either.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6137 on: April 30, 2021, 11:03:45 AM »

Heck, following that line of reasoning, traffic control devices don't control traffic either.

They don't fully, but they're still devices intended to control traffic.  That means the moniker "traffic control device" is accurate.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6138 on: April 30, 2021, 11:07:46 AM »


Heck, following that line of reasoning, traffic control devices don't control traffic either.

They don't fully, but they're still devices intended to control traffic.  That means the moniker "traffic control device" is accurate.

Likewise, the use of radar is intended to keep the speed of traffic under control.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6139 on: April 30, 2021, 11:54:20 AM »


Heck, following that line of reasoning, traffic control devices don't control traffic either.

They don't fully, but they're still devices intended to control traffic.  That means the moniker "traffic control device" is accurate.

Likewise, the use of radar is intended to keep the speed of traffic under control.

I think the difference here is directly controlling traffic vs. indirectly controlling traffic. A traffic control device doesn't directly affect what traffic does, but its presence alone conveys the threat of legal consequences and/or a crash, which indirectly controls traffic through driver compliance.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6140 on: April 30, 2021, 11:58:31 AM »

The presence of cops running radar conveys the threat of legal consequences, which indirectly controls traffic through driver compliance
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6141 on: April 30, 2021, 12:04:21 PM »

The presence of cops running radar conveys the threat of legal consequences, which indirectly controls traffic through driver compliance

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6142 on: April 30, 2021, 12:07:38 PM »


The presence of cops running radar conveys the threat of legal consequences, which indirectly controls traffic through driver compliance

Correct! You get an A+.

But I wanted a blue star.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6143 on: May 01, 2021, 05:45:01 PM »

Is yellow-on-green specified in the MUTCD for county route shields on guide signs?

No, it is not. Likely because the color contrast isn't as good.

The only place where yellow text is a standard are the yellow-on-blue direction/junction/auxiliary/etc. placards for post-mounted county route shield assemblies.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6144 on: May 01, 2021, 06:00:40 PM »

Is yellow-on-green specified in the MUTCD for county route shields on guide signs?

No, it is not. Likely because the color contrast isn't as good.

It can't be too awful, considering Britain uses that color scheme for A road markers. I imagine it's just a case of the MUTCD not seeing any semantic value in specifying yellow text in this situation, so it just doesn't.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6145 on: May 01, 2021, 06:33:50 PM »

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6146 on: May 01, 2021, 08:10:28 PM »

I guess this is to appease drivers wondering why three of four lanes are closed with apparently no work happening.


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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6148 on: May 01, 2021, 11:47:50 PM »

https://www.google.com/maps/@36.5350193,-77.582843,3a,15y,246.62h,91.23t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s14qrAIPKRKhZd01C6_RKcg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

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Those simple service signs were posted elsewhere in NC (and in a few other states) but it's been a while since they were used extensively.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6149 on: May 02, 2021, 01:29:58 AM »

https://www.google.com/maps/@36.5350193,-77.582843,3a,15y,246.62h,91.23t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s14qrAIPKRKhZd01C6_RKcg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

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Those simple service signs were posted elsewhere in NC (and in a few other states) but it's been a while since they were used extensively.
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