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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6750 on: October 26, 2021, 11:16:19 AM »

I just found Comic Sans on a road sign.
Thanks, I hate it.

Here's one in Virginia. Apparently at some point there was a problem with an inordinate number of turtles crossing the highway and a lady from Montgomery County was concerned about it and both designed and paid for the signs and their installation (total cost $3000). From what I understand, VDOT wasn't involved—whoever owned the Greenway at the time agreed to post the signs and they've remained up since then.

Telling people to brake for turtles on a freeway sounds like a liability issue for DOT.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6751 on: October 26, 2021, 12:29:40 PM »

Probably mentioned before, but Comic Sans is used often when some version of tribal language is used as supplemental text on an English sign. I've seen this primarily in New York along I-86.

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6752 on: October 26, 2021, 12:30:14 PM »

I remember on one of my first trips on the Dulles Greenway having to slow down to avoid a lady out in the middle of the westbound lanes rescuing a box turtle.  Soon after, the signs went up and there was a lengthy front section article in the Washington Post.  Not sure if I witnessed the same person that started this campaign, but it was an interesting coincidence.  I'm surprised that those signs are still in such good shape.

I wonder whether the addition of the Metro line in the median, which poses a rather large obstacle, might cause the turtles to stop trying to cross the road.

Not likely.  Back then, most of the "turtle crossing" hot spots were just east of the Goose Creek bridge.  Nowadays, all of that greenspace is overdeveloped (Belmont Ridge, Goose Creek Village, Belmont Forest).
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6753 on: October 26, 2021, 08:15:03 PM »

Not sure what to make of this one.... For a cross street, with arrows to the left and right?

https://goo.gl/maps/QMAwEpH2DxX71pcc7
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6754 on: October 26, 2021, 08:23:52 PM »

Not sure what to make of this one.... For a cross street, with arrows to the left and right?

https://goo.gl/maps/QMAwEpH2DxX71pcc7

If only there was a standard that everyone agreed on... /s
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6755 on: October 26, 2021, 08:39:17 PM »

I just found Comic Sans on a road sign.
Thanks, I hate it.

Here's one in Virginia. Apparently at some point there was a problem with an inordinate number of turtles crossing the highway and a lady from Montgomery County was concerned about it and both designed and paid for the signs and their installation (total cost $3000). From what I understand, VDOT wasn't involved—whoever owned the Greenway at the time agreed to post the signs and they've remained up since then.

Telling people to brake for turtles on a freeway sounds like a liability issue for DOT.

In fairness, the Virginia sign isn't actually Comic Sans (but I agree it's fugly).
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6756 on: October 27, 2021, 07:43:01 AM »

I never use Comic Sans or similar, so I can’t really tell whether it is or isn’t, but it sure looks like it to me.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6757 on: October 27, 2021, 02:09:31 PM »

I never use Comic Sans or similar, so I can’t really tell whether it is or isn’t, but it sure looks like it to me.

In the case of the turtle sign in Virginia, it isn't:



But in the case of the sign I found in Sherbrooke, it is:

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6758 on: October 28, 2021, 01:51:58 AM »

Found another double arrow sign (whatever they're called idk), here you go Chris.

located in Ripley, Mississippi

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6759 on: October 28, 2021, 02:28:00 AM »

Found another double arrow sign (whatever they're called idk), here you go Chris.

located in Ripley, Mississippi



I guess we could call them "PEI arrows" considering their widespread presence in Prince Edward Island.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6760 on: October 29, 2021, 12:08:03 PM »

At the intersection of North Road and Stolley Park Road in Grand Island, Nebraska, there's a stop sign with a plate below saying "OPPOSITE TRAFFIC MAY NOT STOP".

Sounds scary, as if it is warning that oncoming traffic may run the stop sign in any direction.
It would sound better if it instead said "OPPOSITE TURNING TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP".

On the other side, there's this plate below the stop sign, saying "RIGHT TURN NO STOP REQUIRED".


I can see the railroad crossing as the reason for the setup. My guess is that the right turn without stopping is permitted because most traffic would be turning to stay on Stolley Park road. In other words, a TOTSO.
A bit redundant imo, as even without it, vehicles continuing straight would have to yield to cars from the right.

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.9019935,-98.3955777,3a,48.9y,96.37h,82.9t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1siyXdhKhNzzCLKEbwp9Swjg!2e0!5s20190801T000000!7i16384!8i8192
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6761 on: October 29, 2021, 12:28:45 PM »

At the intersection of North Road and Stolley Park Road in Grand Island, Nebraska, there's a stop sign with a plate below saying "OPPOSITE TRAFFIC MAY NOT STOP".

Sounds scary, as if it is warning that oncoming traffic may run the stop sign in any direction.
It would sound better if it instead said "OPPOSITE TURNING TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP".

I think that would be worse.  You could plow into an opposing vehicle turning left in front of you who didn't have his blinker on.

Hard to comment without knowing the full setup.  What's posted in the opposing direction and on the crossroad?
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6762 on: October 29, 2021, 12:50:01 PM »

At the intersection of North Road and Stolley Park Road in Grand Island, Nebraska, there's a stop sign with a plate below saying "OPPOSITE TRAFFIC MAY NOT STOP".

Sounds scary, as if it is warning that oncoming traffic may run the stop sign in any direction.
It would sound better if it instead said "OPPOSITE TURNING TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP".

I think that would be worse.  You could plow into an opposing vehicle turning left in front of you who didn't have his blinker on.

Hard to comment without knowing the full setup.  What's posted in the opposing direction and on the crossroad?

It's a T-intersection. Traffic from the opposing direction has a STOP sign, with another sign below it saying "RIGHT TURN NO STOP REQUIRED".
From the first sign's direction, the ending road would be on the left.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6763 on: October 29, 2021, 06:47:52 PM »

At the intersection of North Road and Stolley Park Road in Grand Island, Nebraska, there's a stop sign with a plate below saying "OPPOSITE TRAFFIC MAY NOT STOP".

Sounds scary, as if it is warning that oncoming traffic may run the stop sign in any direction.
It would sound better if it instead said "OPPOSITE TURNING TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP".

On the other side, there's this plate below the stop sign, saying "RIGHT TURN NO STOP REQUIRED".


I can see the railroad crossing as the reason for the setup. My guess is that the right turn without stopping is permitted because most traffic would be turning to stay on Stolley Park road. In other words, a TOTSO.
A bit redundant imo, as even without it, vehicles continuing straight would have to yield to cars from the right.

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.9019935,-98.3955777,3a,48.9y,96.37h,82.9t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1siyXdhKhNzzCLKEbwp9Swjg!2e0!5s20190801T000000!7i16384!8i8192

In my area, there's a few intersections with signs posted saying "INCOMING TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP". Probably a better wording than "Opposite".

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6764 on: October 29, 2021, 06:59:18 PM »




Hold on, is that a non-cutout stop sign?! Very RIDOT of them to do that.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6765 on: October 29, 2021, 10:47:23 PM »




Hold on, is that a non-cutout stop sign?! Very RIDOT of them to do that.

It looks like a cutout stop sign to me, placed over the front of a black backing board.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6766 on: October 30, 2021, 12:42:10 AM »

Here's the front facing version of that double arrows sign that I posted yesterday. I have a picture of this but it's in the background and the quality is... a bit questionable



Located at the intersection of AR 267 at US 67 B in Searcy. There isn't a double arrows sign for this intersection following US 67B north or southbound.



This is a picture that I took of this intersection following US 67B northbound on July 4, 2021.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6767 on: November 02, 2021, 03:52:17 AM »

Green digits on this sign at SR 16 and SR 160 in Port Orchard, WA:

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« Reply #6768 on: November 02, 2021, 11:44:38 AM »

^^^

I have seen a number of West Virginia county route markers, both old and new, with green digits instead of black ones.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6769 on: November 04, 2021, 10:33:52 AM »

Green digits on this sign at SR 16 and SR 160 in Port Orchard, WA:



The sign also has some odd layout choices. The "west" is more top-aligned to the shield but the "east" is middle-aligned to the shield, and the horizontal separation between the direction and shield varies between the two. Washington's head in the lower section is very close to that horizontal line...possibly because the right-facing arrow is jammed between shield/direction and "Tacoma" text, instead of being set to the right of that whole message block (and having ample space to lay it out that way).
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6770 on: November 04, 2021, 12:10:14 PM »

Green digits on this sign at SR 16 and SR 160 in Port Orchard, WA:



The sign also has some odd layout choices. The "west" is more top-aligned to the shield but the "east" is middle-aligned to the shield, and the horizontal separation between the direction and shield varies between the two. Washington's head in the lower section is very close to that horizontal line...possibly because the right-facing arrow is jammed between shield/direction and "Tacoma" text, instead of being set to the right of that whole message block (and having ample space to lay it out that way).

i'd say for the lower half, the positioning of "EAST" is consistent with the upper half; if the shield was shifted down to be top-aligned with EAST, it would look far more "normal".
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6771 on: November 04, 2021, 04:28:36 PM »

The sign above is in WSDOT's Olympic Region. I find that their decision choices are often very odd compared to the rest of the state. There seems to be a lot of signs where the elements are laid out in such a way that some elements are needlessly cramped.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6773 on: November 05, 2021, 04:55:32 AM »


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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #6774 on: November 09, 2021, 10:56:30 AM »

Odd that 29th Street gets its description but Hydraulic Street doesn’t.



Looks like Hydraulic is a control city served by 29th Street.
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