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Active highway shields that you have touched
« on: September 24, 2021, 10:20:03 PM »

Not sure why, but one evening when I was walking along the river in Kiel, WI I just reached out and touched this WI-57 shield: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.9123464,-88.0304684,3a,49.5y,103.13h,81.29t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sYhPMmA3SqWTFPO0FMqwXfw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

It was interesting because I've always thought of road signs as things that are not actually real, almost projected. But if you get close enough you can touch them.

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Re: Active highway shields that you have touched
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2021, 10:37:23 PM »

I've touched a US 22/OH 3 shield when taking a walk just outside of my neighborhood once.
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Re: Active highway shields that you have touched
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2021, 10:43:34 PM »

I don’t know why but I’ve slapped the US 1 Mile Marker 0 shield several times.
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Re: Active highway shields that you have touched
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2021, 12:22:16 AM »

Have you ever picked up a route shield? They're aluminum and surprisingly heavy. I just mounted three of them on my garage wall this week! I work with the sign crew director at my job and that leads me to look at the stock in the sign shop occasionally.  36x36 signs are a doozy to lift and carry around.
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Re: Active highway shields that you have touched
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2021, 12:32:38 AM »

I have a couple hundred highway shields mounted between my garage and back yard.  The aluminum stuff never struck me as heavy but some of the older steel stuff can be.  I want to say my steel US 202 Maine shield weights over ten pounds. 
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Re: Active highway shields that you have touched
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2021, 03:42:14 AM »

I’ve touched a few, now they’re hanging on my wall… wonder how that happened!l  :-D
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Re: Active highway shields that you have touched
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2021, 07:53:00 AM »

Taking a walk through Windsor, CO, I don't know why but I touched the CO-257 and CO-392 shields. As states go, I have touched the Welcome to Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming signs.
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Re: Active highway shields that you have touched
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2021, 07:53:46 AM »

If we're limiting it to active shields, then no, I can't say that I have. But I can vouch for being surprised the first time I actually got one in the mail, which was my Cook County pentagon. That was quite a shocker about the size and weight. Now, they don't seem that bad. Someday I'll pick up a 36" shield and I'll probably be shocked all over again.
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Re: Active highway shields that you have touched
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2021, 11:20:58 AM »

I have one shield -- a promotional shield used for I-86 in NY.  Made to spec, but then stamped with the "Flying T" of NYSDOT to show that it was not to be installed in the field.  Brought it to a meet some years back.
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Re: Active highway shields that you have touched
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2021, 11:23:53 AM »

A few, to get detail shots like this:





I don't own any route shields. Found a mile marker knocked over and off the mounting along the side of the road last week but left it alone.
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