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Alex:
In case you did not know, Louisiana is switching from their green/white shield design to the more conventional black/white. Recent trips to the state over the last two months revealed that they are popping up all over. The first ones we saw were in Bogalusa at the junction of LA 10/23.



This particular assembly is located along U.S. 61 northbound in East Feliciana Parish. All of those ones we saw posted along U.S. 61 earlier this month featured Series B font too.

agentsteel53:

--- Quote from: voyager on January 20, 2009, 12:44:48 AM ---Cheaper printing costs I'm assuming?

--- End quote ---

a two-color print would cost the same regardless of color, so that's probably not it.  I think they're going for the better contrast.

guess using something wider than Series B numbers never occurred to them!

Alex:

--- Quote from: agentsteel53 on January 20, 2009, 12:49:23 AM ---
--- Quote from: voyager on January 20, 2009, 12:44:48 AM ---Cheaper printing costs I'm assuming?

--- End quote ---

a two-color print would cost the same regardless of color, so that's probably not it.  I think they're going for the better contrast.

guess using something wider than Series B numbers never occurred to them!

--- End quote ---

Yes you would think they would at least go up to Series C, but noooooooo! This makes me wonder if LA-1 is in Series B somewhere...

agentsteel53:
yes, on a black shield in Shreveport.  I'll have photos ... sometime

Darkchylde:
Yeah, the Monochromes got started last year sometime. They're largely going up in areas where the signs need replacement or where there's construction going on. My guess is one of two reasons - either cost (green ink costs more?) or contrast (they do look better at night, I guess.)

As for Series B, Louisiana used to use other fonts as late as the mid 1990's, and they still use them on freeways that carry a state highway designation (I-510/LA 47 in New Orleans East, US 167/LA 28 near Alexandria as examples) or at freeway interchanges or offramps. (These are also the few times one will ever see a wide shield used for a state highway in La.) Sometimes they can even be seen as part of sign goofs as well...



...At least La. didn't decide to go to Plain White Squares/Circles...

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