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Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« on: July 02, 2017, 11:03:40 PM »

I'm starting to see more and more examples of trees or shrubs covering up (or at least partially blocking) signs.  I'm not sure how much of this is growth after a sign is placed, and how much might be sign placement after a plant is in the vicinity.  I'm not really bothered by this myself, but how often would obstructed signage be a problem for others unfamiliar with an area?  Either DOT reps don't care, DOT employees don't check things like this regularly, or something.

TX 360, south of DFW Airport
https://goo.gl/maps/rT7TeB8XA612

Commerce/Harwood, downtown Dallas
https://goo.gl/maps/K9B5Qf3XMET2

Preston Rd. (TX 289) north of Belt Line, north Dallas
https://goo.gl/maps/hNz2GWSBCL82

Inwood/Walnut Hill, north Dallas
(the GSV is of the almost-gone round green Dallas North Tollway sign version, but the current blue-white rectangular version is exactly in the same spot and arrangement)
https://goo.gl/maps/WZ1iGEMsmpp

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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2017, 11:18:15 PM »

In places like the northeast where trees and weeds grow like, well, weeds, this is a very common problem.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2017, 12:35:13 AM »

I meant to add that the Trinity-FAA BGS on TX 360 has since gotten to at least halfway covered up, if not more.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2017, 01:51:35 AM »

Easy, here's US 6:

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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2017, 01:53:04 AM »

When trees touch signs, the wind rubs them against the sign, causing damage
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2017, 01:55:12 AM »

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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2017, 01:55:48 AM »

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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2017, 02:01:51 AM »


Well, we got one without the H.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2017, 02:27:06 AM »

^ I believe this is a sign NE2 wants covered up by a tree or shrub!  :-D

Anyway, there are two mileage signs along I-74 EB northwest of Cincinnati that are obstructed by trees at this posting.  Branches and shrubbery are covering up a  Cincinnati  11  sign and a  Cincinnati   8  sign.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2017, 03:31:37 AM »

There's a shrub at the bottom.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2017, 07:23:50 AM »

It's a common problem in Georgia, too.

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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2017, 08:19:32 AM »

I came across this in Des Moines, August 2014:



I reported it to the city, where after a couple of weeks they cut it down. That wasn't enough, because the sucker has since grown back. The city takes a far more proactive approach whenever I report obscured stop signs to them, though.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2017, 09:45:50 AM »

There's a shrub at the bottom.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2017, 10:47:16 AM »

This one is on I-94 west of Ann Arbor, MI

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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2017, 10:53:06 AM »

Not the best representation nor GSV; but this BGS gantry has since (GSV is from Nov. 2016) been overtaken by the adjacent shrubbery to a point where the growth now almost covers most of the I-476 North BGS and is starting to creep up upon its I-476 companion BGS.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2017, 12:16:53 PM »

This counts

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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2017, 12:33:42 PM »

I don't have examples, but often I find tree branches covering part of a sign I want to photograph. Sometimes I've been able to push the offending foliage away from or behind the sign, so I could get my shot. The hiking stick I often have with me on the road comes in handy for that, though not much help with even a ground-mounted BGS.
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« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2017, 01:59:29 PM »

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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2017, 02:54:40 PM »

This counts

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What does it look like from the actual road the sign is on?
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2017, 10:56:00 PM »

Just got home from a trip that took me to Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia. Saw more examples of this than I can recall offhand.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2017, 08:56:28 PM »

This one is on I-94 west of Ann Arbor, MI



What's really stupid about this one is that it replaced an unobstructed bridge-mounted sign:



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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2017, 10:34:43 PM »

You should rename this thread "I-70 between Terre Haute and Indianapolis"

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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2017, 11:04:28 PM »

Many states' DOTs are getting rid of the bridge-mounted signs and erecting ground-mounted signs near those bridges.  Unfortunately, they do not clear the overhanging branches or trees that may be in the way.  I mean, you can see the above Exit 153 sign in late fall through early spring with no issue, however, once the leaves come back...

DOTs need to pay attention to this.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2017, 04:28:32 PM »


Well, we got one without the H.
We can pretty much guarantee that we won't see a similar sign in NY for our current president.
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Re: Trees/shrubs covering up signs
« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2017, 06:36:01 PM »

Many states' DOTs are getting rid of the bridge-mounted signs and erecting ground-mounted signs near those bridges. 

Michigan isn't one of them -- plenty of new signs are still being mounted to bridges -- which is what makes the above example so exasperating.
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