Highway signs – I69 Texas http://i69texas.org/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:28:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://i69texas.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-3-150x150.png Highway signs – I69 Texas http://i69texas.org/ 32 32 PFC David L. Johnson of Fleming County commemorated with memorial road signs https://i69texas.org/pfc-david-l-johnson-of-fleming-county-commemorated-with-memorial-road-signs/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:28:00 +0000 https://i69texas.org/pfc-david-l-johnson-of-fleming-county-commemorated-with-memorial-road-signs/ Three miles of KY 57 in Fleming County have been forever named in honor of United States Army soldier and country son, David Lee Johnson. The Johnson family, with the help of the American Legion, the VFW and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, held a highway dedication ceremony Saturday, September 17 at the Fleming County Courthouse […]]]>

Three miles of KY 57 in Fleming County have been forever named in honor of United States Army soldier and country son, David Lee Johnson.

The Johnson family, with the help of the American Legion, the VFW and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, held a highway dedication ceremony Saturday, September 17 at the Fleming County Courthouse to honor the soldier who gave his life for his country while serving in Vietnam. .

At the event, the Transportation Cabinet unveiled official signs designating KY 57 in Mount Carmel as the “PFC David L. Johnson Memorial Highway”.

Thanks to a bill sponsored by State Rep. William Lawrence that was passed by the Kentucky Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andy Beshear, the state road from Penny Patch Lane to the Lewis County line will forever stand named in honor of Johnson.

Johnson, born December 23, 1946, began his tour of duty with the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry, Company A in October 1968. On January 6, 1969, Johnson and nine other men of Company A were killed in intense combat with the enemy in Kien Phong Province, South Vietnam.

On Saturday, his wife Connie Johnson and her family gathered with local veterans, state lawmakers, officials and friends to honor his service and sacrifice. Ceremonies included the presentation of the colors by American Legion Post 5 from Flemingsburg and American Legion Post 126 from Morehead, as well as other military honors hosted by Legion members and VFW Post 1834. Veterans attended also presented an enclosed American flag to Ms. Johnson. Executive Judge Larry Foxworthy, Rep. Lawrence and family members shared remarks and other memories. The event ended with the unveiling of the commemorative road signs.

On Monday, the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 traffic crew placed the memorial signs — one sign in each direction on KY 57 before reaching his home community of Mount Carmel — for all who pass by to remember and honor PFC Johnson in the coming decades. The agency will maintain the signs in perpetuity.

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‘dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway Signs Unveiled https://i69texas.org/dr-frank-erdman-boston-memorial-highway-signs-unveiled/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 19:04:14 +0000 https://i69texas.org/dr-frank-erdman-boston-memorial-highway-signs-unveiled/ HATFIELD TWP — Broad Street is now named after a local legend. Local officials marked the Thursday morning unveiling ceremony of the new Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway. “Our event today shows how far we have gone from idea to realization. Dr. Boston’s legacy will live on,” said George Whitehair, founder of the Dr. […]]]>

HATFIELD TWP — Broad Street is now named after a local legend.

Local officials marked the Thursday morning unveiling ceremony of the new Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway.

“Our event today shows how far we have gone from idea to realization. Dr. Boston’s legacy will live on,” said George Whitehair, founder of the Dr. Frank E. Boston Legacy Foundation.

Boston was a black doctor born in Philadelphia in 1891, who served in the United States Army in France during World War I, returned to Philadelphia, then founded what is now Jefferson Lansdale Hospital and Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale. Since 2020, the nonprofit Boston Legacy Foundation has worked to raise awareness of Boston’s history and seek honors that recognize its impact on the community.

A sign on North Broad Street in Lansdale shows the new name for the “Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway,” Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Photo submitted by State Sen. Bob Mensch’s office)

The latest of those honors came on Thursday morning, with the unveiling of signs naming part of North Broad Street after Boston, in Lansdale and Hatfield and near the hospital and ambulance corps he helped found. The ceremony featured lawmakers and local dignitaries talking about the impact Boston has had on the community.

“Having the stretch of road, which passes the two institutions Dr. Boston founded, named after him is an exceptionally fitting way to commemorate him,” said State Representative Steve Malagari, D-53e.

“Our community owes a lot to Dr. Boston because the institutions he created still exist today and still serve our community. Remembering him and commemorating this stretch of highway in his name are just small gestures that allow us to keep alive the legacy of his hard work, tenacity and dedication,” he said.

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Local lawmakers hold a sign with the new name of “Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway,” in front of a Boston-based Volunteer Medical Service Corps ambulance, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Photo submitted by Office of State Sen. Bob Mensch)

State Senator Maria Collett, D-12th, said she “was proud to support legislation, along with Senator Mensch and Representatives Malagari and Stephens, to officially rename this stretch of road in honor of Dr. Boston. . More than sixty years after his death, I’m glad Dr. Boston is getting the recognition he deserves, so that everyone who sees that road sign will know his name.

State Senator Bob Mensch, R-24e, added, “We are very grateful, and I know the people who are here today representing all of Lansdale are very grateful that we are now naming this street Dr. Boston Highway.

“His selflessness, reverence for life, devotion to his neighbors and unwavering commitment to doing good are an inspiration to all and are why we should celebrate his legacy for generations to come,” he said. said Mensch.

For more information about the Boston Legacy Foundation, visit www.bostonlegacyfoundation.org, search for “Dr. Frank E. Boston” on Facebook, or email FEBlegacy@gmail.com.

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Nevada welcomes you in beautiful new artistic road signs https://i69texas.org/nevada-welcomes-you-in-beautiful-new-artistic-road-signs/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:34:07 +0000 https://i69texas.org/nevada-welcomes-you-in-beautiful-new-artistic-road-signs/ Posted in Nevada August 08, 2022 by Christina Arrascaeta Have you seen the new Welcome to Nevada signs? As a lover of travel and exploration, it’s exciting to venture out, but there’s no denying the wonderful feeling of returning to Nevada after an absence. If you’re traveling by car, the […]]]>



Have you seen the new Welcome to Nevada signs? As a lover of travel and exploration, it’s exciting to venture out, but there’s no denying the wonderful feeling of returning to Nevada after an absence. If you’re traveling by car, the road signs you and millions of travelers see as you enter the Silver State are still a beacon of warmth, familiarity, and home. Although we may not give them much attention, Nevada’s welcome signs help tell the state’s story.

What do you think of the new signs? Do you have a favorite drawing? Be sure to let us know in the comment below!

If reading the welcome signs has made you want to travel, then you’ve come to the right place! Nevada is perfect for an epic road trip.

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Road signs spark controversy after wanting to honor farming community https://i69texas.org/road-signs-spark-controversy-after-wanting-to-honor-farming-community/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://i69texas.org/road-signs-spark-controversy-after-wanting-to-honor-farming-community/ Road signs spark controversy after wanting to honor farming community Signs meant to honor farmers along Highway 10 have since been removed after creating controversy. (FOX 9) – New signs along Highway 10 in Carver County meant to honor farmers in their farming community have now become a hot topic of debate, with locals saying […]]]>

New signs along Highway 10 in Carver County meant to honor farmers in their farming community have now become a hot topic of debate, with locals saying the wording of the signage was sloppy.

The signs read: “Route dedicated to farmers and their families. Carver County’s first keepers.”

They have since been dismantled, after being pushed back by locals and the indigenous community.

“The original Guardian part is what stuck in my mind – the farmers are not the original Guardians, plain and simple,” Harvey Robideau told FOX 9 on Tuesday. He lives near where one of the signs was. “There are many people who believe like me that farmers are not the first stewards of the land.”

Several people showed up at a meeting of the County Board of Commissioners on June 28 to make the point, calling the signage inaccurate, dismissive, disrespectful and a waste of taxpayers’ money that stains the county.

“A lot of people had reservations about it and it made sense to me, why would they do that?” said Robideau. “It’s not the original Guardians, obviously.”

“It was someone’s idea, I guess, and they just ran with it without thinking, like most of us do when we’re quiet,” neighbor Dave Burfield said. “The Indians were here before the farmers.”

The board made it clear they had no ill will or intention to offend anyone with the signs, but understood words mattered, calling the wording the error they hoped for. learn lessons from.

In a statement, Commissioner Matt Udermann wrote:

I hope the intent of the signs to honor the farmers of this strong farming community is well represented. The general feeling of Dakota leaders, farmers, and community is that a simple change to the word “original” accomplishes the intent of honoring farmers without unintentionally hurting those who occupied the land prior to 1855. Values of our county include learning, dignity and respect and more – and it was a moment that allowed for even richer dialogue, learning, sharing and collaboration personally and as a community. Tribal leaders and others have been gracious in a collective effort to help with practical, positive and meaningful ramps to make Carver County even better!

“Rewording it would make the most sense,” Robideau said.

“Maybe rephrase it somehow so that [Native Americans] are included,” Burfield added.

The council considered moving forward with revised signs that remove the phrase original Guardians; but after pushing that back, now everything is on hold.

On Tuesday, Commissioner Dayle Degler told FOX 9 that the council had yet to decide how to move forward and when, how or whether to reword the signs.

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Nevada adds additional safety messages to electronic road signs https://i69texas.org/nevada-adds-additional-safety-messages-to-electronic-road-signs/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 15:13:32 +0000 https://i69texas.org/nevada-adds-additional-safety-messages-to-electronic-road-signs/ With 187 deaths on Nevada roads this year, the Nevada Department of Transportation is bolstering existing traffic safety messages on electronic road signs.Supplied/NDOT There were five fatal traffic collisions in Douglas County in a month and a day last spring, the same as all of 2021. Statewide, there have been 187 fatalities on Nevada roads […]]]>
With 187 deaths on Nevada roads this year, the Nevada Department of Transportation is bolstering existing traffic safety messages on electronic road signs.
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There were five fatal traffic collisions in Douglas County in a month and a day last spring, the same as all of 2021.

Statewide, there have been 187 fatalities on Nevada roads this year. The Nevada Department of Transportation reinforces existing traffic safety messages on electronic highway signs with “Friday Focus” messages.

NDOT regularly posts traffic safety reminders such as “Locked Eyes Save Lives. Watch out for pedestrians” and “You are not fireworks. Do Not Drive Lit” on electronic road signs each month. existing road safety reminders, NDOT will alternate messages highlighting the following topics every Friday:



First Friday of the month – Speed-related road safety messages

Second Friday of the Month – County-specific traffic fatality counts



Third Friday of the month – National road safety messages

Fourth Friday of the Month – Statewide Traffic Fatality Count

Friday’s messages focus on high-priority traffic safety issues such as speeding: and highlight the extent of road deaths statewide and locally. Similar traffic safety messages will also be posted on the department’s @NevadaDOT, @NevadaDOTVegas, @NevadaDOTReno and @NevadaDOTElko Twitter accounts. Such messages have proven effective in raising driver awareness. There are more than 200 digital message boards stationed on strategic transportation corridors across the state.

Last year, more than 380 lives were lost in traffic accidents in Nevada. With more than 90% of crashes in the United States caused in part by driver behavior, email messages are an important reminder of driving safety. The posts will drop on Friday, one of the days of the week with the highest death toll on Nevada’s roads.

“These road signs can be a first line defense to remind motorists to drive safely,” said NDOT Director Kristina Swallow. “Along with the safety messages we already post regularly, these Friday messages are another opportunity to remind everyone to travel safely on Nevada’s roads.”

Nevada’s goal is to halve average annual traffic fatalities by 2030, with the ultimate goal of zero fatalities by 2050. The state’s strategic traffic safety plan sets goals and statewide strategies focused on the six “Es” of traffic safety: fairness, engineering, education, law enforcement, emergency response and everyone.

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Ask Us: PSST and MnDOT Reduce Messages on Road Signs | Local News https://i69texas.org/ask-us-psst-and-mndot-reduce-messages-on-road-signs-local-news/ Sun, 17 Jul 2022 13:30:00 +0000 https://i69texas.org/ask-us-psst-and-mndot-reduce-messages-on-road-signs-local-news/ Q: Ask It Guy, could you please find out why the signs on Hwy 60 going to Lake Crystal are changed from two posts to one post? Will they stand in the ice, snow and wind? Thanks. A: This question was comforting to Scott Thompson of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. “As this traffic engineer […]]]>

Q: Ask It Guy, could you please find out why the signs on Hwy 60 going to Lake Crystal are changed from two posts to one post? Will they stand in the ice, snow and wind? Thanks.

A: This question was comforting to Scott Thompson of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

“As this traffic engineer began to wonder if the signs that are so carefully selected for installation along state highways were even read by users, someone observed that they were installed differently! ” said Thompson. “But then the reader called ‘Ask Us Guy’ like ‘Ask It Guy.’ I don’t know what that does for my crisis of faith.

But the reader is correct that the MnDOT has cut many of its traffic signs by 50%.

“For more than 50 years, MnDOT had traditionally installed almost every one of its signs on at least two U-shaped posts (the post’s name being derived from the cross-sectional shape of the post),” Thompson said. “Larger signs have been installed on up to four U-posts, and some signs have even used U-shaped toggles to ensure a sign can withstand the tortures of its 15-year life on the prairie.”






U-posts, used by the MnDOT for 50 years, were often doubled even on the smaller panels.



At first glance, a person might think that there is only one consideration in deciding the number of posts used to hold up a road sign: what is the minimum number required to prevent the sign from collapsing?

But road safety managers also need to think about the impact, literally, of everything placed along roads. This is even more true when federal crashworthiness standards are in play, which is the case for any stretch of road that is part of the National Highway System – Interstates, US Interstates, and other critical roads such as Interstate 60 between Mankato and Iowa.

“The MnDOT U-channel panel designs passed the crash test in the 1970s and were protected by the crash test requirements of the 1990s,” Thompson said. “However, much more stringent requirements were published in 2016, which require omnidirectional impact resistance.”

Thus, previously, a sign had to be installed so that it would not be too dangerous if a driver left the roadway and hit the poles head-on. Under the new rules, which came into force on National Road Network projects from 2020, the impact resistance of poles must also be taken into account if they are struck from behind by an oncoming driver or hit by side.

“The increased focus on crashworthiness goes hand in hand with the federal government’s and Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths campaigns aimed at reducing the number of deaths on our roads,” he said.

The MnDOT could have subjected its traditional U-channel design to crash tests to see if it met new federal standards, but those tests cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and there was serious skepticism about the chances that the he old design meets the new requirements.

So instead, MnDOT decided to switch to an alternative approach that had already passed the new testing standards – perforated steel square tube posts, or PSST. To avoid confusion, the MnDOT has also elected to use the PSST on new signal installations on all national highways, even if they are not part of the national highway system.

“In addition to being a safer sign structure system, PSST also significantly reduces labor when repairing signs damaged by snow removal or mowing operations, or more commonly, vehicles wanderers,” Thompson said.

Regarding the number of poles, the teams have always based this decision on calculations in an MnDOT “wind load table”, which specifies the number needed to withstand 90 mph gusts of wind depending on the size panel and foundation available at a particular installation site. .

“As to whether the PSST poles will stay in place during the ice, snow and wind that we are experiencing, the calculations say yes,” Thompson said, adding that the agency will monitor to see if any adjustments are needed to the wind load chart.

Ask Us Guy knows that many readers – having already been forced to say goodbye to clock radios, incandescent light bulbs and DVD players – are feeling a little melancholic about the end of the channel’s street signs. U. After all, they have been part of our lives for half a century.

Thompson offered some consolation. MnDOT signs have a useful life of up to 15 years, so U-posts installed just before the new standards took effect could remain along state highways until 2034.

Even after that, those nostalgic for a good old-fashioned street sign will likely still be able to find them along city streets and county and township roads, according to Thompson: “While the PSST is the apparent wave of the future, people will continue to see U-channel for many years to come.

Contact us — or ask, if you prefer — at The Free Press, 418 S. Second St., Mankato, MN 56001. Call Mark Fischenich at 344-6321 or email your question to mfischenich@mankatofreepress. com; put Ask Us in the subject line.

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Road signs recognizing South Carolina women’s basketball team unveiled | Colombia https://i69texas.org/road-signs-recognizing-south-carolina-womens-basketball-team-unveiled-colombia/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:30:00 +0000 https://i69texas.org/road-signs-recognizing-south-carolina-womens-basketball-team-unveiled-colombia/ Starting July 1, motorists traveling South Carolina’s highways will have a daily reminder of the championship success of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team. A ceremony was held outside the Colonial Life Arena Thursday, unveiling a new road sign recognizing the team’s national titles won in 2017 and 2022. They were authorized by […]]]>

Starting July 1, motorists traveling South Carolina’s highways will have a daily reminder of the championship success of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team.

A ceremony was held outside the Colonial Life Arena Thursday, unveiling a new road sign recognizing the team’s national titles won in 2017 and 2022. They were authorized by South Carolina Transportation Secretary Christy Hall.






Dawn Staley, head coach of women’s basketball at the University of South Carolina. (Photo credit: Thomas Grant Jr./Cola Daily)








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(Photo credit: Thomas Grant Jr./Cola Daily)


A total of 15 signs will be installed across the state, including visitor centers near the South Carolina border in both directions on I-85, I-26, I-77 and I-95, as well as on I-20 eastbound. Around the Columbia area, signs will be at I-20 Eastbound Exit 58 and Westbound Exit 73A, I-26 Exit 111B in either direction, Exit 5 off I-77 in both directions and at the intersection of Harbison Street Extension of South Bound SC-277.

The panels will remain in place for two years, much to the delight of women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley.

“I just feel like the panels allow us to connect with our team, our fans, the whole state of South Carolina and all of Colombia,” she said. “It’s definitely something that will touch a lot of people. A lot of eyeballs will see it. I have no sense of direction, so these signs will help me navigate the state of South Carolina.”

Both Staley and athletic director Ray Tanner spoke about the significance of Thursday’s ceremony on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Title IX. Tanner also read Staley’s list of accomplishments during his 14 seasons with the Gamecocks. They include four appearances in all four NCAA Tournament Finals, 44 weeks as the team’s number one team, six regular season and Southeastern Conference tournament titles, and ranked in the Top 25 in the ‘Associated Press since December 2012.

Additionally, Tanner called Staley a “champion of bringing people together, uniting a community, and building a fan base” or “FAM”.

At the end of the ceremony, Staley answered a question regarding an article from the Charlotte Observer linking her to the vacant Charlotte Hornets coaching job. Staley made it clear she was happy in South Carolina and showed no interest in an NBA position outside of ownership.

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Road signs show North Dakotans are fed up with Biden and gas prices https://i69texas.org/road-signs-show-north-dakotans-are-fed-up-with-biden-and-gas-prices/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 11:03:15 +0000 https://i69texas.org/road-signs-show-north-dakotans-are-fed-up-with-biden-and-gas-prices/ I could tell something was brewing when I watched the Super Bowl last February. All other advertisements were for an electric vehicle (EV). Knowing how expensive these ads are, there was obviously a lot of money behind these spots. President Joe Biden recently had something interesting to say regarding high gas prices for Americans. According […]]]>

I could tell something was brewing when I watched the Super Bowl last February. All other advertisements were for an electric vehicle (EV). Knowing how expensive these ads are, there was obviously a lot of money behind these spots.

President Joe Biden recently had something interesting to say regarding high gas prices for Americans. According to the Washington Post, President Biden was speaking at a press conference in Tokyo on May 23 and said, “Here’s the situation, when it comes to gasoline prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that’s unfolds, God willing, when this is over we will be stronger and the world will be stronger and less dependent on fossil fuels.”

The only “incredible” thing about gas prices is how little the president is doing to improve the situation. In my opinion, Biden’s plan is to drive gas prices as high as possible and force as many Americans as possible to buy electric vehicles, even if the country does not have enough infrastructure to support them.

Yes, I know that the war in Ukraine and Russian oil play a big role in today’s high prices. It’s the perfect storm with the policies of the current presidential administration.

$5.00 plus gas, which was unimaginable at the start of 2022, is almost certain in North Dakota by the July 4 holiday. It is currently $4.79 in Bismarck Mandan, but there is one location in North Dakota that is already above the $5.00 threshold. Steele County in eastern North Dakota now costs more than $5 a gallon based on AAA gas prices.

President Joe Biden, according to the same Washington Post article, is the least popular president after more than 500 days in office in the age of modern polls. There is a highway we take towards the lake that has several anti-Joe Biden signs. One reads “Biden politics sucks” and even another wants to impeach the president. Several other signs are present on Route 281 south of Jamestown to the South Dakota border.

Yes, high gas prices will continue to push America deeper into a recession. It just happened, it’s all part of a larger plan by the current administration. $5 plus gas for Bismarck is coming and it’s coming soon.


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Ayden added to the highway. 11 Signaling After Being Left Out https://i69texas.org/ayden-added-to-the-highway-11-signaling-after-being-left-out/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:09:51 +0000 https://i69texas.org/ayden-added-to-the-highway-11-signaling-after-being-left-out/ AYDEN, NC (WNCT) – Ayden is celebrating a community victory after new legislation added the town’s name to signs on the NC freeway. 11 Workaround. After the North Carolina Department of Transportation completed the Greenville Bypass, the small town noticed a big problem. Their name was missing on the new ring road signage. “The signs […]]]>

AYDEN, NC (WNCT) – Ayden is celebrating a community victory after new legislation added the town’s name to signs on the NC freeway. 11 Workaround.

After the North Carolina Department of Transportation completed the Greenville Bypass, the small town noticed a big problem. Their name was missing on the new ring road signage.

“The signs were up, the roads were paved and we were in business,” NC Rep. Brian Farkas said.

But that’s when some people noticed the name was missing.

“Unfortunately we were watched by a contractor and a few years ago the town of Ayden, where the bypass literally falls, was overlooked on some of the main navigation signs,” Farkas said.

For the townspeople, some say it was downright insulting.

“What would be the correct description, just ignored, missed, unrecognized by the North Carolina Department of Highways,” said Ayden City Commissioner Cindy Goff.

Goff finally decided enough was enough and began researching how to add the name to the panels. That’s when she contacted Farkas.

“He immediately said, ‘I’m driving over there. I’ll check. And he did. And the next thing I know is that he sends me a notification. We did it,” Goff said.

Farkas said he has spent the past several weeks working with the NCDOT to resolve the issue.

“That means a lot in the special places we are, that we want to thrive and we want to grow and we want people to call home,” Farkas said.

This is true, especially for business owners.

“As a business owner, that means more people will visit our area and our stores and get to know us here locally,” said business owner Sarah Coltrain, who is set to open her new business, Coltrain Home and Hardware, in September. .

Shiela Wooden said it would be great for her business, the Kingdom Building Community Learning Center, when it came to attracting families.

“By putting this inscription on, it gives Ayden this symbol of significance… ‘Hey, we’re here. We’re a community that you know needs love and support,’” Wooden said.

Now residents and business owners are hoping more people will take the time to stop and visit Ayden when they see the name on the signs.

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How far do the road signs mark the distance anyway? – Longmont Times-Call https://i69texas.org/how-far-do-the-road-signs-mark-the-distance-anyway-longmont-times-call/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 00:30:46 +0000 https://i69texas.org/how-far-do-the-road-signs-mark-the-distance-anyway-longmont-times-call/ Dear readers: Johnnie took a few days off last week. Here’s a column from July 2012 for anyone looking to fill up their gas tank for a road trip this summer. Watch for a new Q&A next Monday. Dear Johnnie: A few questions I’ve wondered about on road trips — Question 1: You are passing […]]]>

Dear readers: Johnnie took a few days off last week. Here’s a column from July 2012 for anyone looking to fill up their gas tank for a road trip this summer. Watch for a new Q&A next Monday.

Dear Johnnie: A few questions I’ve wondered about on road trips — Question 1: You are passing a road sign showing the mileage to the next town or town. Does the sign show the distance to the nearest city limits, or to the “center” of the city, or to what other point in the city? Question 2: You are passing a road sign indicating the elevation of a town or city. Where in the city is this altitude measured? – Road warrior

Dear Road Warrior: I posed these questions to the Colorado Department of Transportation and spokeswoman Stacey Stegman responded.

“The signs you are referring to are called city control signs or ‘distance signs,’ she answered regarding question 1. “The CDOT determines reference points and distances from/to towns indicated on the signs. Distance points refer to the city or downtown, which is usually the downtown post office, and are based on the usual route to get to that point if that highway didn’t go directly to the downtown.

It made sense to me, but just to be sure, I thought I’d test it out by taking a Saturday afternoon drive around the area. I found the following:

The “Erie 2” sign on Interstate 25 southbound near exit 232. Two miles past this sign, I found myself not far from the exit at the “Welcome to Erie” sign. A second sign indicates that it is still 3.5 miles from downtown.

The “Lyons 1” sign on Colorado Highway 66 heading west toward the city. A mile after that sign I was at the east end of downtown.

The “Longmont 7” sign on Colo Highway 66 eastbound just outside Lyons. When my odometer reached mile 7, I was on Highway 66 between Spencer and Francis streets. When I got to Main Street I was exactly 8 miles past the sign. So I walked across town to the Coffman Street post office. The distance from the “Longmont 7” sign: 11 miles exactly.

Zero for three. (The distance to Lyon brought me to the outskirts of the city center, but not to the post office or the exact center of the city.)

But what Stegman said matches the Uniform Traffic Control Devices Handbook’s guideline for such signs: “The distance displayed should be selected on a case-by-case basis by the jurisdiction owning the road or by policy at the statewide. A well-defined central area or central business district should be used where one exists. In other cases, the layout of the community should be considered relative to the signaled highway and the decision based on where it appears most drivers would feel central to the community in question.

“Distances are reassessed when we sign replacement projects,” Stegman wrote, “so there are times when the distance ‘changes’ when a highway changes, such as a realignment.”

As for the elevation markers, “we install them, but we get this information from the city itself. They use their own references for their elevation, usually City Hall.

In Longmont’s case, a brass marker on a step on the north side of the city’s Development Services Center, 385 Kimbark St., formerly City Hall, denotes the city’s official elevation of 4,979 feet.

Send your questions to johnnie@times-call.com.

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