AARoads Forum

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

New rules for political content in signatures and user profiles. See this thread for details.

Author Topic: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly  (Read 666215 times)

agentsteel53

  • invisible hand
  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 15374
  • long live button copy!

  • Age: 37
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Last Login: November 21, 2016, 09:58:39 AM
    • AARoads Shield Gallery
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #50 on: December 19, 2013, 06:48:20 PM »

Looks like someone designed a decent 70 spec wide shield, then realized they didn't have a wide piece of sheet metal to put it on…

they did.  they just had it rotated 90 degrees.
Logged
live from sunny San Diego.

http://shields.aaroads.com

jake@aaroads.com

agentsteel53

  • invisible hand
  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 15374
  • long live button copy!

  • Age: 37
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Last Login: November 21, 2016, 09:58:39 AM
    • AARoads Shield Gallery
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #51 on: December 19, 2013, 06:53:05 PM »

Will I find a sign like this in the States? (EDIT: Source)


any overhead gantries with "welcome to X road" in the US?  I seem to recall the PA turnpike had one many years ago.

it is a staple in Mexico.



I thought I had a photo of one readily available that said "bienvenidos"* but this is the closest I've got offhand.  the ones I am thinking about are generally green; the Circuito Exterior Mexiquense seems to be an anomaly with red.

* or sometimes "welcome", in English.  the English ones are very popular in Baja California, hoping to attract US tourists.  I've heard the Yucatan area also has English ones, but cannot confirm.  metro Mexico City was all Spanish.
Logged
live from sunny San Diego.

http://shields.aaroads.com

jake@aaroads.com

upstatenyroads

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 649
  • Age: 50
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Last Login: December 18, 2018, 04:40:49 PM
    • The Upstate New York Roads Site
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #52 on: December 19, 2013, 08:46:29 PM »

Will I find a sign like this in the States? (EDIT: Source)


any overhead gantries with "welcome to X road" in the US?  I seem to recall the PA turnpike had one many years ago.

it is a staple in Mexico.



I thought I had a photo of one readily available that said "bienvenidos"* but this is the closest I've got offhand.  the ones I am thinking about are generally green; the Circuito Exterior Mexiquense seems to be an anomaly with red.

* or sometimes "welcome", in English.  the English ones are very popular in Baja California, hoping to attract US tourists.  I've heard the Yucatan area also has English ones, but cannot confirm.  metro Mexico City was all Spanish.

At one time wasn't there an overhead "Welcome to the Thomas E Dewey Thruway" overhead sign at Thruway mile 0? I don't remember if it's still there or not.

Logged

Zeffy

  • Better hold on tight, before you know it's gone
  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4371
  • Age: 24
  • Location: Hillsborough, New Jersey
  • Last Login: April 18, 2017, 10:11:41 AM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #53 on: December 19, 2013, 11:19:46 PM »

Will I find a sign like this in the States? (EDIT: Source)



New Jersey does... kinda.




If you're wondering, a normal New Jersey welcome sign (not on the GSP / NJTP) looks like this:



I know both the Turnpike and the Parkway have 'Thanks for driving <toll road here> ' signs still standing at certain exits on those roads.
Logged

hbelkins

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 12462
  • (Censored by spoilsports. They ruin everything.)

  • Age: 57
  • Location: Kentucky
  • Last Login: December 18, 2018, 03:07:41 PM
    • Millennium Highway
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #54 on: December 19, 2013, 11:43:19 PM »

Logged

1995hoo

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9369
  • Age: 45
  • Location: Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Last Login: December 18, 2018, 10:45:29 PM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #55 on: December 20, 2013, 10:57:44 AM »

....



That sign makes it look like E-ZPass is a corporate sponsor: "Welcome to the E-ZPass Maine Turnpike." You know, sort of like college bowl games: the "Discover Orange Bowl" or the "Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO."
Logged
"You know, you never have a guaranteed spot until you have a spot guaranteed."
—Olaf Kolzig, as quoted in the Washington Times on March 28, 2003,
commenting on the Capitals clinching a playoff spot.

"That sounded stupid, didn't it?"—Kolzig, to the same reporter a few seconds later.

roadman

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 3496
  • Age: 57
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Last Login: December 18, 2018, 04:36:35 PM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #56 on: December 20, 2013, 02:30:23 PM »

Until about a year after the MassDOT "merger" in 2009, the "Welcome to Massachusetts" sign on I-90 east in West Stockbridge included a MassPike shield, the legend "Massachusetts Turnpike Authority" and the names and titles of the then Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Turnpike Chairman.

The "Turnpike Authority" legend and names on the sign was mostly blued out for some time.  Within the past year or so, the original sign has since been replaced with a MassDOT current standard Welcome sign.
Logged
"And ninety-five is the route you were on.  It was not the speed limit sign."  - Jim Croce (from Speedball Tucker)

"My life has been a tapestry
Of years of roads and highway signs" (with apologies to Carole King and Tom Rush)

vdeane

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9584
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Latham, NY
  • Last Login: December 18, 2018, 10:09:16 PM
    • New York State Roads
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #57 on: December 20, 2013, 08:46:08 PM »

At one time wasn't there an overhead "Welcome to the Thomas E Dewey Thruway" overhead sign at Thruway mile 0? I don't remember if it's still there or not.
http://goo.gl/maps/24sEG

Also of note: those clearview county signs the Thruway installed are now in street view.  And the "Thruway Speed Limit 55" sign.
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position of NYSDOT or its affiliates.

Zeffy

  • Better hold on tight, before you know it's gone
  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4371
  • Age: 24
  • Location: Hillsborough, New Jersey
  • Last Login: April 18, 2017, 10:11:41 AM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #58 on: December 21, 2013, 12:37:20 AM »

Also of note: those clearview county signs the Thruway installed are now in street view.

I truly hope you are not referring to the county pentagon shields being in Clearview - because if so I might gouge my eyes out.
Logged

vdeane

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9584
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Latham, NY
  • Last Login: December 18, 2018, 10:09:16 PM
    • New York State Roads
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #59 on: December 21, 2013, 10:29:15 AM »

Also of note: those clearview county signs the Thruway installed are now in street view.

I truly hope you are not referring to the county pentagon shields being in Clearview - because if so I might gouge my eyes out.
No, these things: http://goo.gl/maps/D0qQs (Westchester) http://goo.gl/maps/D8zwl (Bronx); the only county pentagon I know of on the Thruway is at exit 38 for old NY 57.

Also: another overhead welcome sign: http://goo.gl/maps/uopa7
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position of NYSDOT or its affiliates.

Zeffy

  • Better hold on tight, before you know it's gone
  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4371
  • Age: 24
  • Location: Hillsborough, New Jersey
  • Last Login: April 18, 2017, 10:11:41 AM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #60 on: December 21, 2013, 10:36:44 AM »

No, these things: http://goo.gl/maps/D0qQs (Westchester) http://goo.gl/maps/D8zwl (Bronx); the only county pentagon I know of on the Thruway is at exit 38 for old NY 57.

Oh, well those are fine since they use mixed case Clearview legend on a positive contrast background.
Logged

Brandon

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9894
  • Mr. Accelerator is our friend; Mr. Brake is not.

  • Age: 41
  • Location: Joliet, IL
  • Last Login: Today at 07:02:52 AM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #61 on: December 21, 2013, 11:42:21 AM »

Not an overhead, but...

ISTHA posts welcome and thank you signage.  Here's an older one from the former south end of I-355:

Logged
"If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention." - Ramsay Bolton

Illinois: America's own banana republic.

Screw the KSA; Stand with Canada.

sammi

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1148
  • Software Developer, Sign Designer

  • Age: 21
  • Location: Toronto, ON / Baguio, Phils.
  • Last Login: November 27, 2018, 01:53:28 PM
    • SammDOT (under construction)
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #62 on: December 21, 2013, 03:45:38 PM »

40 is awfully slow for an expressway, don't you think?


Does anyone know the Vienna way of signing ramp speed?
Logged

1

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 5991
  • UMass Lowell student

  • Age: 19
  • Location: MA/NH border
  • Last Login: Today at 07:17:54 AM
    • Flickr account
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #63 on: December 21, 2013, 03:56:42 PM »

40 is awfully slow for an expressway, don't you think?

Does anyone know the Vienna way of signing ramp speed?

I might see another speed limit circle past the exit, but I'm not sure.
Logged
Clinched, plus MA 108

Traveled, plus:
US ⒉⒔50
MA ⒐⒙22.40.99.10⒎10⒏1⒒1⒚127.141.15⒐286
NH 27,111A; NY 366; GA 42,140; FL A1A; CT 32

Flickr

sammi

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1148
  • Software Developer, Sign Designer

  • Age: 21
  • Location: Toronto, ON / Baguio, Phils.
  • Last Login: November 27, 2018, 01:53:28 PM
    • SammDOT (under construction)
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #64 on: December 21, 2013, 04:22:12 PM »

40 is awfully slow for an expressway, don't you think?

Does anyone know the Vienna way of signing ramp speed?

I might see another speed limit circle past the exit, but I'm not sure.

Actually, I think that's a "no passing".
Logged

1995hoo

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9369
  • Age: 45
  • Location: Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Last Login: December 18, 2018, 10:45:29 PM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #65 on: December 21, 2013, 05:15:54 PM »

40 is awfully slow for an expressway, don't you think?

Does anyone know the Vienna way of signing ramp speed?

I might see another speed limit circle past the exit, but I'm not sure.

Actually, I think that's a "no passing".

It looks to me like there may be another speed limit sign beyond the "no passing" (or at least no something) up on top of that rise.
Logged
"You know, you never have a guaranteed spot until you have a spot guaranteed."
—Olaf Kolzig, as quoted in the Washington Times on March 28, 2003,
commenting on the Capitals clinching a playoff spot.

"That sounded stupid, didn't it?"—Kolzig, to the same reporter a few seconds later.

Brandon

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9894
  • Mr. Accelerator is our friend; Mr. Brake is not.

  • Age: 41
  • Location: Joliet, IL
  • Last Login: Today at 07:02:52 AM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #66 on: December 21, 2013, 07:54:58 PM »

Does anyone know the Vienna way of signing ramp speed?

There really is none.  The UK has a version signed as:

Max
Speed
40

The US and Canada use a similar sign, black on yellow.

Germany uses a white on blue sign.

And Mexico uses the red circle in a white square with the speed in the middle and the word "SALIDA" above or below it.
Logged
"If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention." - Ramsay Bolton

Illinois: America's own banana republic.

Screw the KSA; Stand with Canada.

Brandon

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9894
  • Mr. Accelerator is our friend; Mr. Brake is not.

  • Age: 41
  • Location: Joliet, IL
  • Last Login: Today at 07:02:52 AM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #67 on: December 26, 2013, 05:38:51 PM »

The Chicago area has a special number for reporting accidents and traffic problems.

Logged
"If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention." - Ramsay Bolton

Illinois: America's own banana republic.

Screw the KSA; Stand with Canada.

Scott5114

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 7771
  • Age: 28
  • Location: Norman, OK
  • Last Login: December 18, 2018, 03:01:32 PM
    • Denexa 100% Plastic Playing Cards
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #68 on: December 26, 2013, 06:48:29 PM »

"Car phone" isn't a phrase you see much these days...
Logged

Kniwt

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 471
  • Last Login: December 18, 2018, 08:20:55 PM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #69 on: December 26, 2013, 10:28:42 PM »

Hello, *999? I'm reporting a road on the road. What's that? Oh, then; I'd like to report a bad case of line spacing on a big blue sign.
Logged

Zeffy

  • Better hold on tight, before you know it's gone
  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4371
  • Age: 24
  • Location: Hillsborough, New Jersey
  • Last Login: April 18, 2017, 10:11:41 AM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #70 on: December 26, 2013, 11:17:49 PM »

Hello, *999? I'm reporting a road on the road. What's that? Oh, then; I'd like to report a bad case of line spacing on a big blue sign.

I'd like to report the use of Clearview in all caps on a blue service sign...
Logged

Kniwt

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 471
  • Last Login: December 18, 2018, 08:20:55 PM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #71 on: December 27, 2013, 10:52:04 AM »

Beware of another Veterans Memorial Bridge:



(AZ-CA state line; Street View image)
Logged

Brandon

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9894
  • Mr. Accelerator is our friend; Mr. Brake is not.

  • Age: 41
  • Location: Joliet, IL
  • Last Login: Today at 07:02:52 AM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #72 on: December 27, 2013, 11:32:34 AM »

A sign I've seen from time-to-time in Illinois, but not anywhere much else (Archer Av, Justice, IL):



Sometimes a dash is used between "water" and "ice".

And this one is just interesting (Cortland, IL):



A bit wordy for a diamond sign.
Logged
"If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention." - Ramsay Bolton

Illinois: America's own banana republic.

Screw the KSA; Stand with Canada.

mass_citizen

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 261
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Last Login: September 06, 2018, 01:53:16 AM
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #73 on: December 27, 2013, 02:21:49 PM »

I think custom warning signs are some of my favorite signs  :bigass:
Logged

Alps

  • Everybody Obeys the Octagon
  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 12043
  • Views expressed are my own, not my employer's.

  • Age: 35
  • Location: New Jersey
  • Last Login: Today at 12:31:28 AM
    • Alps' Roads
Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #74 on: December 27, 2013, 07:13:52 PM »

A sign I've seen from time-to-time in Illinois, but not anywhere much else (Archer Av, Justice, IL):



Sometimes a dash is used between "water" and "ice".

And this one is just interesting (Cortland, IL):



A bit wordy for a diamond sign.
1: "WATER / ICE ON ROAD"
2: "MAXIMUM 11' WIDTH AHEAD"

Bam.

 


Opinions expressed here on belong solely to the poster and do not represent or reflect the opinions or beliefs of AARoads, its creators and/or associates.