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What’s Up With The Road Sign, Dude?

November 17, 2009

Many of us have encountered some funky street signs. Some might be poorly worded, some may have poor placement. I’ve never encountered a sign arrangement quite like this one, located on highway 29 south in Concord, North Carolina.

Seven signs bunched together, supposedly guiding you in two different directions, showing three points on a compass, yet managing to highlight four different highways. Factor in that you have three arrows pointing in three different directions, steering you towards two different lanes/highways for trucks. Adding insult to injury is the lone 601 south bypass. The only sign of it’s kind, this diversionary roadway, wherever it is (I’ve yet to find it) does nothing more than add to the mind numbing confusion of this cluster of signs.

The longer you stare at it, the less sense it makes. I’ve seen cartoon characters suddenly grow multiple arms, point them in every direction, give directions saying “he went that-a-way” and have it make as much sense as this.

One can only imagine the weary traveler, sifting through mapquest printouts, looking to confirm that he or she is on the right path, only to be met with this NCDOT conglomeration. Or if you don’t have the luxury to stop at a red light with an attempt to make some sort of sense of this roadside mess. If you have to making a judgement call while passing that at 45 miles per hour, be prepared to u-turn it around for another look. And another. And Another. Of course those of us from the north could take this as North Carolina’s bit of Yankee repellent. Maybe they can understand this, I sure can’t.

I mean seriously, what’s up with the road sign, dude?

Editor’s Note:  We researched the regs governing the standards for placement of road signs. We couldn’t locate standards for placing multiple signs together at an intersection.  We have asked NCDOT to explain why this signage could not be better consolidated into a more readable layout.

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  1. Robert Dupont
    November 18, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    First time I encountered that intersection, I made a wrong turn. Ended up in Arkansas. Still not sure how that happened. I was just heading out for a six pack.

  2. brianh1970
    November 18, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I have visions of GPS systems sprouting legs and jumping out of car windows.

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