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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2375 on: March 28, 2019, 05:57:39 PM »

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« Reply #2376 on: March 28, 2019, 06:04:59 PM »

"Best" and "worst" are very subjective. One person's "man this is so cool I love it" might be another person's "meh." And one person's, "this sign is putrid" can be another's "hey I kinda like it."

I've always interpreted this thread as a place to post old classic signs that are still up in the field, in addition to modern signs done to classic specifications. In my opinion, something such as a simple (but well designed) BGS isn't enough to classify it as "best of."

This green backround sign in Auburn, ME. That US-202 shield though.. https://www.google.com/maps/@44.097832,-70.231345,3a,15y,205.32h,91.53t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sAUnsgnRsorSn7MFYeVnpnQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

The green uni-sign isn't best of in the slightest, but the Maine Turnpike trailblazer sure is. The directional arrow in lieu of the gold star is an old standard that hasn't been done for years.
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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2379 on: March 29, 2019, 02:20:08 PM »



This beauty is on US 89 southbound in North Salt Lake, Utah, just before the I-15 interchange. I couldn't find a date sticker, but it seems quite likely that it dates back to when this road was also US 91, and it could well predate the Interstate.
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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2381 on: March 31, 2019, 07:12:00 AM »

This one has to be one of my favorites. (Fairmont City, IL/Near Saint Louis, MO) https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6363717,-90.1376414,3a,15y,207.04h,98.53t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1saRBIdSar5kfF_vCg4T2I0Q!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DaRBIdSar5kfF_vCg4T2I0Q%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dsearch.TACTILE.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D96%26h%3D64%26yaw%3D215.73994%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656

THere's a lot to like here, but I worry that there might be too much here and it could lead to message loading concerns.  Hiding the shields for IL-3 and Great River Road may help. (Put that information on a sign on the side.)
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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2382 on: March 31, 2019, 03:30:40 PM »

Message overload is inevitable at that location.  While I could see the Great River Road shield being moved to a secondary post-mounted assembly, that's about it.  The importance of IL-3 in southern Illinois should not be underestimated.  There have been plenty of times I've crossed the river from Missouri into Illinois and needed to follow signs for IL-3
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« Reply #2383 on: March 31, 2019, 04:30:11 PM »

Message overload is inevitable at that location.  While I could see the Great River Road shield being moved to a secondary post-mounted assembly, that's about it.  The importance of IL-3 in southern Illinois should not be underestimated.  There have been plenty of times I've crossed the river from Missouri into Illinois and needed to follow signs for IL-3

The last time I visited St. Louis, in the spring of 2016, I depended heavily on SR 3 because it was the most convenient route between downtown St. Louis and my lodging near the Chain of Rocks Bridge on the Illinois side.  The I-55/I-64/SR 3 cat's cradle is just very difficult to sign, even with I-70 now partially out of the picture, and I would contend it is one of the poster children for "Don't build it if you can't sign it."
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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2384 on: March 31, 2019, 07:38:42 PM »

Washington State's contribution to the "best-of" gallery isn't stellar, but this older yellow "yield [to peds]" sign on the UW-Seattle campus is certainly a cool sight...only one I know of on an actual road (Cowlitz Rd @ NE 40th)

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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2385 on: March 31, 2019, 07:40:30 PM »

Interesting. It doesn't look that old, though—at least not in that picture.
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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2386 on: March 31, 2019, 08:42:18 PM »

Interesting. It doesn't look that old, though—at least not in that picture.

I am uncertain of its age. There is at least one other yellow yield sign on the UW-Seattle property (in the underground parkade). It's possible they were both installed some time after the current red/white design was introduced, but not long enough for the school engineers to have adopted it.

Considering the white-painted wooden pole (an old Seattle standard that's rarely seen anymore), and the custom painted font, the sign is undoubtedly from the past century...maybe the late 70s or early 80s.
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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2387 on: April 01, 2019, 03:17:22 AM »

meh.  I can think of three others on US highways in Missouri right off the top of my head.

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Poplar Bluff
Springfield

edited to add one more I thought of a minute later

The '67' on the sign in Poplar Bluff is screwed up too.
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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2388 on: April 01, 2019, 02:49:22 PM »

Washington State's contribution to the "best-of" gallery isn't stellar, but this older yellow "yield [to peds]" sign on the UW-Seattle campus is certainly a cool sight...only one I know of on an actual road (Cowlitz Rd @ NE 40th)



Or it's telling peds to yield.
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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2389 on: April 01, 2019, 08:02:40 PM »

Washington State's contribution to the "best-of" gallery isn't stellar, but this older yellow "yield [to peds]" sign on the UW-Seattle campus is certainly a cool sight...only one I know of on an actual road (Cowlitz Rd @ NE 40th)

https://i.imgur.com/y43B7Hu.jpg

Or it's telling peds to yield.

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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2390 on: April 04, 2019, 10:38:07 AM »

Message overload is inevitable at that location.  While I could see the Great River Road shield being moved to a secondary post-mounted assembly, that's about it.  The importance of IL-3 in southern Illinois should not be underestimated.  There have been plenty of times I've crossed the river from Missouri into Illinois and needed to follow signs for IL-3

The last time I visited St. Louis, in the spring of 2016, I depended heavily on SR 3 because it was the most convenient route between downtown St. Louis and my lodging near the Chain of Rocks Bridge on the Illinois side.  The I-55/I-64/SR 3 cat's cradle is just very difficult to sign, even with I-70 now partially out of the picture, and I would contend it is one of the poster children for "Don't build it if you can't sign it."

I guess in East St Louis they have no choice but to sign something like this.  Too many highways just happen to all join together at one interchange.

A similar situation in Colton, CA (and other freeway junctions) in the 1960's was one of the impetuses for the great highway renumbering of 1964 in California.

Here is a photo of the old freeway sign:

https://forgottenhwy.weebly.com/ca-i10.html

There are a lot of highways to keep track of here.

The modern equivalent of the sign is here with only two highways, I-10 and I-215:

https://www.google.com/maps/@34.063934,-117.2861133,3a,75y,250.21h,93.6t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sybVX_iSeckfTS_sHwFf6IA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192


CA has the luxury of being in the corner of the country, so they can truncate national routes that no longer make sense to sign.  And CA has done so many times.  You can't do that in St. Louis.
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Re: The Best of Road Signs
« Reply #2391 on: April 04, 2019, 12:46:47 PM »

^^^
I don't know why it says "unattributed" -- that's one of the more famous images from California Highways and Public Works. I'm pretty sure I have that issue around here somewhere.
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