Sunday, August 8, 2010

What's Your Sign?

Beside finding the Roadgeeky details of how signs, signals and road markings should look, now you can test your skills at the Federal Highway Administration's Sign IQ Quiz.
Want to know more? You can download the official Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices here. Then go and see how well your local roads follow the manual.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Road Stripe Shortage could have Texas Drivers Weaving

A stripe paint shortage has the Texas Department of Transportation scrambling to find new sources of paint for roadwork already scheduled. More from KVUE TV in Austin.
Here's the Top Ten Ideas for Striping Texas Highways.
  • #10 Arrest Spray Paint Taggers and put them on the road gang
  • #9 Start a Jobs program for out of work Painters. 
  • #8 Field Trips for Art Students 
  • #7 Now that DVDs have taken over… use old rental video tape. 
  • #6 Junior High Kids with big shoes and to-go mustard packets 
  • #5 Yellow Duct Tape 
  • #4 Specially Trained Seagulls dropping in... Droppings! 
  • #3 Delay openings 'til fall and use yellow and orange leaves 
  • #2 Re-use Crime Scene yellow tape.
  • #1 Forget the stripes and drive crazy like overseas.
Free Texas Map
Downloadable Texas Map
Texas Atlas and Gazetteer
Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps
The Roads of Texas - 5th Edition

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Free NC Map

Get yourself a free North Carolina Road Map here. Paper or PDF and GIF files.
While you are there, look at the wonderfully detailed scans of archived road maps going back to 1922. This can be very helpful when scouting out old highways and finding the pre-interstate routes around North Carolina. There's also a history of the publication of the North Carolina State Maps.

Free North Carolina Maps
Buy the North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer
Buy the American Map North Carolina State Road Atlas