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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6150 on: May 02, 2021, 12:31:24 PM »

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.

It's worth noting that the green background used in Britain (specified in BS 381C and described as "middle Brunswick green" in official documents, or informally as "Worboys green") is significantly darker than the federal green used in the US.

To be honest, probably the most fear-inducing experience you can have as a driver is being tailgated by a cop.

Many rural jurisdictions seem to single out-of-state drivers for special attention even if they don't ticket them.  One of the attendees at the Denver meet in 2015 came from one of the northern frontier-tier states and reported being pulled over on US 34 near Wray, which is the seat of Yuma County in far eastern Colorado.  Sure enough, I was touring the Arikaree Breaks that autumn along a counterclockwise loop that started in Cheyenne County just over the Kansas line, and as soon as I got within three miles of Wray on US 34, a Yuma County sheriff's cruiser headed in the opposite direction U-turned behind me and followed me all the way into town.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6151 on: May 03, 2021, 10:11:19 AM »

https://www.flickr.com/photos/54480415@N08/51153604972
This one having two separate assemblies instead of one.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6152 on: May 04, 2021, 01:15:26 PM »

Odd to post a I-80 west shield here. https://goo.gl/maps/qdtHpHWHa6M8sZA9A
Being the road ahead connects only with EB I-80.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6154 on: May 04, 2021, 11:27:13 PM »

That's what happens when you smoke.  :sombrero:
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6155 on: May 04, 2021, 11:41:12 PM »

Odd to post a I-80 west shield here. https://goo.gl/maps/qdtHpHWHa6M8sZA9A
Being the road ahead connects only with EB I-80.

You can get there by taking US 46 west, but then they shouldn't bother with a direction banner at all.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6156 on: May 05, 2021, 09:05:25 AM »

https://goo.gl/maps/vrgz7se3rYPajEPg6
The fact there is a milepost for the Garden State Parkway meant to be seen from the frontage road on a wall.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6157 on: May 05, 2021, 10:18:11 AM »

Entrance ramp from northbound US-24 to eastbound I-696.  The "Rouge River" sign can be seen only from the ramp, not from the mainline.  Should have been posted on the far side of the bridge.
https://goo.gl/maps/srBvAb9rHniY2cid9

Weird combination of very different font sizes, westbound I-696 in Oak Park.  I would expect to see this in Maryland, not Michigan.
https://goo.gl/maps/BzxPxRvKsdC5cNYv7

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6158 on: May 05, 2021, 07:53:10 PM »

Not necessarily a sign per se, but definitely an oddity:

This was a photo taken on then-US-21/The Willow Freeway at the Cleveland/Newburgh Hts., OH border likely in the 1940s or early 50s.  Today this would be I-77 at the Fleet Avenue overpass.

What makes this freeway shot interesting is that there is a phone booth that was installed in the middle of a freeway.  Why?  Hell if I know...

https://m.facebook.com/groups/533195343518644/permalink/1815713381933494/

If you look through the earliest comments, there is a wider shot of the overpass. 

The bridge has since been rebuilt, same location now:
https://maps.app.goo.gl/zNVvKfRzUCKQnWnU9
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« Reply #6159 on: May 05, 2021, 10:08:35 PM »

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6160 on: May 06, 2021, 12:19:34 AM »

This assembly translates to "new signage in 2km"... okay, what is the new signage?

Well, it seems like it is work zone signage. Clearly not the right sign for this (plus, the "DANS 2km" isn't in any standards book).
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6161 on: May 06, 2021, 10:04:34 AM »

This assembly translates to "new signage in 2km"... okay, what is the new signage?

Well, it seems like it is work zone signage. Clearly not the right sign for this (plus, the "DANS 2km" isn't in any standards book).

Is 'lentement' an adverb?  I think most other languages would just put their equivalent of 'lent' on the sign.

In English, the equivalent sign would say 'slowly'.  In Spanish, 'despaciamente'.  And both would just sound really weird to me.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6162 on: May 06, 2021, 04:59:09 PM »

This assembly translates to "new signage in 2km"... okay, what is the new signage?

Well, it seems like it is work zone signage. Clearly not the right sign for this (plus, the "DANS 2km" isn't in any standards book).

Is 'lentement' an adverb?  I think most other languages would just put their equivalent of 'lent' on the sign.

In English, the equivalent sign would say 'slowly'.  In Spanish, 'despaciamente'.  And both would just sound really weird to me.

"Lentement" is the standard... for STOP/SLOW paddles. It shouldn't be used for anything but those paddles.

In a way, it tells you "allez lentement" (go slow).
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6163 on: May 06, 2021, 06:35:25 PM »

It's also worth noting the "Lentement" sign in this StreetView extract doesn't actually use the FHWA series.

Yellow-background "Lentement" used to be one of those signs English-speaking tourists were warned about in Québec, so it came as a surprise to me to learn it hasn't been authorized since at least 1998.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6164 on: May 06, 2021, 09:43:51 PM »

I don't get the purpose of this town line sign on Autoroute 50. If it's meant as a sort of reference marker, then why does it look so much of a road sign? It should look more like this.
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« Reply #6165 on: May 06, 2021, 09:53:55 PM »

I don't get the purpose of this town line sign on Autoroute 50. If it's meant as a sort of reference marker, then why does it look so much of a road sign? It should look more like this.

It appears to mark the municipal boundary between the two.  There's another sign on the other side of the highway, and that is precisely where Google Maps has the Lachute municipal boundary crossing A-50.  Yet it's more in the style of a divide sign.
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« Reply #6166 on: May 06, 2021, 10:05:12 PM »

I don't get the purpose of this town line sign on Autoroute 50. If it's meant as a sort of reference marker, then why does it look so much of a road sign? It should look more like this.

It appears to mark the municipal boundary between the two.  There's another sign on the other side of the highway, and that is precisely where Google Maps has the Lachute municipal boundary crossing A-50.  Yet it's more in the style of a divide sign.

Yeah, I thought the same as well. But it would usually be in the style of the Lévis sign I posted, hence the confusion as to why that sign is the way it is.
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« Reply #6167 on: May 06, 2021, 10:16:37 PM »

Looks like MTQ decided to borrow Vermont's way of signing it, though I'm pretty sure in VT that's only with surface roads; interstates use this.
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« Reply #6168 on: May 06, 2021, 11:03:55 PM »

Looks like MTQ decided to borrow Vermont's way of signing it, though I'm pretty sure in VT that's only with surface roads; interstates use this.

Yup, if anything, it should be on a surface road. How is a driver meant to see this going 100 km/h on a freeway?
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6169 on: May 08, 2021, 12:53:34 PM »

https://www.flickr.com/photos/54480415@N08/51166587110/in/photostream
Interesting that the overhead signs US 92 correctly, but the ground shield does not.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6170 on: May 08, 2021, 01:39:46 PM »

^^ I was more compelled by "LANE ONLY" rather than "EXIT ONLY" verbiage.
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« Reply #6171 on: May 08, 2021, 09:08:09 PM »

Here's a sign for a private alley labeled as Pimpin' Avenue.

Also worth noting is the high quality Street View capture from 2008.
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« Reply #6172 on: May 10, 2021, 10:46:19 PM »

It seems as though the EXIT ONLY tab on this sign has had its lettering fade to black to white.
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« Reply #6173 on: May 11, 2021, 02:05:51 AM »

It seems as though the EXIT ONLY tab on this sign has had its lettering fade to black to white.

Ah yes, the days before ODOT signage went to total dogshit...
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6174 on: May 14, 2021, 02:18:14 AM »

This is the best they could come up with?

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"Burien" is crammed between the down arrows. Meanwhile the shields are 19 miles apart with a gaping chasm of nothingness between them.
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