Reference Location Sign Study: Phase I - Executive Summary

Reference location signs (RLS) can provide critical information to motorists, transportation system managers, service patrols, maintenance personnel, law enforcement, and fire and emergency medical responders in reporting and in responding to collisions, disabled vehicles, and other incidents. Misconstrued or misunderstood signing can delay response to incidents, jeopardizing lives and compromising the effective and efficient use of resources. Decisions regarding implementation of reference location signs, particularly at 1/10 mile intervals, and ramp designation signs present transportation agencies with a variety of issues, including selection criteria for signs (size, color, etc.), cost, highway clutter and aesthetics, and driver recognition issues. While a variety of sign standards and approaches exist and the MUTCD provides examples of reference location and ramp signing, available information on “best practices” for reference location and ramp designation signing is not catalogued. The objective of this project is to provide I-95 Corridor Coalition member agencies and others with information on reference location signing for implementation and possible improvement of such signing programs. In addition, this effort would provide a foundation to initiate dialogue on a national uniform reference location and ramp sign standard that addresses the concerns brought forth during Phase I of this effort. This document provides an overview of the process and highlights the recommendations of the Phase I efforts consisting of a national review of reference location signing practices. Phase II includes scientific research and analysis to examine and document motorist recognition and feedback on various sign styles and colors.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Executive Summary
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01054049
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2007 2:48PM