Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I'm surprised it took this long

The Federal Highway Administration is in the final stages of the review process for the next update to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, due out in 2009. (The last update on the traffic control "bible" was 2003, and amendments have been made over the course of last few years.)

A couple of common signs will be removed from the manual (including the legend-based "Stop Ahead" and "Yield Alead" signs, in favor of those that are symbol-based) and several new signs will be making their way to America's highways. One addition is the "No Through Traffic" sign... I am pretty sure this is not the official name for it, and I've always wondered why we never had a sign like this a long time ago. It pretty much looks like a "No Straight" sign - a sibling to the No Left Turn, No Right Turn and No U-Turn sign.

A great example of use for this sign: You come to a 4-way intersection and the street directly in front of you is one-way traffic that flows in the opposite direction you are traveling, which today would be marked with Do Not Enter or One Way/Do Not Enter signs.


Bill said...

This consuming effort is a wonderful one, just magnificent.

It looked for a while like there would be a international standard that would be of the highest graphic quality with beautiful lettering like helvetica.

It seems that the babel impulse in humans is very stron as well as some simple poor taste.

It just seems a shame that someone has not come up with standards that are absolutely magnificent and pretty much immutable.

Micheal Waugh said...

Its wonderful post. It is our duty to follow all the traffic rules and regulations properly. The traffic signs ensures safety on roads and helps to prevent accidents. The parking violation stickers enforce the drivers to follow traffic signs properly.