This report describes the tasks conducted during the first year of a three-year study evaluating the use of guide signs on conventional highways in rural areas. The tasks were concentrated in four basic activity areas: 1) assessment of current practice, 2) identification of driver information needs, 3) evaluation of guide sign legibility, and 4) identification of potential study sites. Some of the first year tasks include: a survey of the Texas Department of Transportation district signing practices, a driver survey assessing the information needs of drivers and their understanding of conventional guide signs, an evaluation of the legibility of the State Highway and Farm-to-Market Road (F.M.) route markers and two designs for cardinal direction markers. The first year findings were used to develop several preliminary recommendations for rural guide signing. Some of the recommendations include: providing more advance signing farther from intersections/interchanges, increasing the height of numbers in several route markers developing/evaluating the effectiveness of alternative designs for the F.M. route marker, providing destination information (city names) at intersections/interchanges, and making greater use of overhead signing.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research study title: Evaluation of Rural Guide Signing.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Transfer Office, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5051

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hawkins Jr, H G
    • Bartoskewitz, R T
    • Fenno, D W
    • Distin, J M
  • Publication Date: 1994-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 128 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00662902
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-93/1373-1, Res Rept 1373-1, TTI: 0-1373
  • Contract Numbers: Study 0-1373
  • Created Date: Jul 27 1994 12:00AM