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Examples of Street Signs

This is a pictuire of the gage street sign
New standard for all new and replacement signs as of June 2012 with proper size, color, retro-reflectivity, and letter sizes.
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A Street sign in good condition with properly sized letters, and correct usage of color contrast as recommended by the MUTCD (white on Green). As of June 2012, when this is replaced, the letters need to look like “James” and not “JAMES”.
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Marginal sign because it has no reflectivity for nighttime visibility and it is bent with chipped paint. While the MUTCD recommends white-on-green for contrasting colors, black-on-white is acceptable too. When this sign is replaced, it needs to be retro-reflective and say “Central” and not “CENTRAL”.
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Not recommended. It's distinctive but lettering is too small and sign is non reflective.
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Marginal sign because it has no reflectivity for nighttime visibility. While the MUTCD recommends white-on-green for contrasting colors, white-on-blue is acceptable too. When this sign is replaced, it needs to say “Sheldon” and not “SHELDON”.
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Good sign but lettering is only 2" tall when it should be minimum 4" tall.
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A sign in poor condition. No reflectivity, but does it use contrasting colors. However, the MUTCD recommends using white lettering on a green background. Plus, E-911 standards discourage "FR" (Fire Road) signs, because you would have addresses such as 24 Fire Rd. 42 or 42 Fire Rd. 24.
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This is not a recommended standard in the MUTCD. It has vertical lettering (which may be buried in the snow), a wooden post, non-reflective paint and black on white lettering instead of white on green lettering. It is also "unnatural" for human eyes to read vertically.
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Quaint idea and provides refuge for birds, but is  NOT recommended for street name signs.

 

 

This page last updated on 1/9/13