Sunday, May 28, 2017

Speaking of Signs...

We were headed out of town recently (no, not this weekend), and we were driving down the highway. You know those mile marker signs on the roads in and out of town?


They used to be spaced every half a mile, right? You can easily see a half a mile, maybe more, on a clear day and on any semi-straight section of highway.

Now there are mile markers are every quarter mile. Who came up with that bright idea? How many scarce tax dollars were wasted employing some connected relative to print quarter-mile and three-quarter-mile signs and install them up and down the highway? That's like installing signs in firehouses in non-public single occupant washrooms.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 feet of concrete per sign to keep it in the ground and you better call Julie to get clearance before digging... how much per sign? I say at least $500 if you are doing it on the cheap

5/28/2017 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The signs are spaced every fifth of a mile.

I was told it is a new federal regulation to help in the case of accidents.

Still a waste though.

5/28/2017 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long until they're ever 1/8th of a mile? Uncle Jimmy needs a new deck!

5/28/2017 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They plan on adding Obama's picture to those signs, they can now double how many Obamas will be shown.

5/28/2017 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know, I thought they were always about a quarter mile apart.

5/28/2017 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That way they can pin point where the body fell after getting shot on the expressways. Narcotics is gonna head over there see if they can get in a buy bust. Dig up some intell.

5/28/2017 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Election season around the corner, contracts have to handed out for the obligatory campaign contribution

5/28/2017 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't see a half a mile... and read a sign.

Try to locate and get emergency services when you don't know where exactly you are. Signs ever quarter of a mile may be a good thing.

Maybe we could pay for them by bringing back the Burma Shave signs...

The Wolf..
...is shaved..
....so neat and trim..
.....Red Riding Hood..
......is chasing him..
.......Burma Shave

5/28/2017 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More useless government regulation. Area 2 has a small public parking lot. It has 21 parking spots. Guess how many are reserved as handicapped? A reasonable person would guess 2. Maybe 4 at most. Nope. Some idiot decided that 57% of the parking lot should be reserved for an individual with an alleged physical impairment. Yes 12 out of 21 spots are handicapped.

5/28/2017 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfect for street racing. Next step will be to
install Christmas Trees. You could never do
this shit in 1960s California.
Somebody making a big payday in the name
of public safety. Follow the money, FOIA.

5/28/2017 01:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shades of autonomous driving testing grounds?
Install signs now, sensors later.
Google, Apple, Uber. Round up the usual suspects.
Fuck Elon Musk and Tesla/Government partnerships
at taxpayer expense. Fuck you, spoiled Space Boy.

5/28/2017 02:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well if a State Trooper has an emergency out in the middle of nowhere, he can narrow his location down a little better. I'm sure they're not complaining about these signs

5/28/2017 03:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinda like Blago who insisted on having his name put up everywhere.

5/28/2017 04:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's a DOT thing. I've seen 1/4 mile markers pop up out of state in the last year also. I don't think it's a problem associated with Illinois.

5/28/2017 05:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some places in MN they are putting up tenth mile markers.

5/28/2017 05:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know whose idea this is, but I suspect that it is the US. Department of Transportation or some other federal agency. By the way, in many places they are spaced every 10th of a mile.

5/28/2017 06:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That started around 2009 or 2010. It was said that it would help more people to identify where they
Were in case of roadside assistance was needed. More people using cell phones.

5/28/2017 06:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the advent of cell phones and gps, mile posts need only be one mile apart. Perhaps any troopers reading can give their opinions?

5/28/2017 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

It makes one wish for the old Burma Shave days.

5/28/2017 07:06:00 AM  
Anonymous I Wanna Know... said...

We needed more signs...Just like the city needed new stainless steel streetlights. Cuz the old ones were worn out right? I just wonder, who got the R&R contract, and what happened to the tons and tons of steel that was scrapped?

5/28/2017 07:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tollway spent more than $500K on some 4,500 mile marker signs.

They attempt to justify the signs being placed every quarter mile instead of every half mile by saying it will better help drivers to locate where they are if their car breaks down of they have a medical emergency. They further say it is safer because people won't have to get out of there car to find a reference point.

No wonder the tolls are so high.

5/28/2017 08:18:00 AM  
Blogger sean donnellan said...

Reminds me of the iPass signs...brought to you by Rod Blagovich

5/28/2017 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been in states where every 1/10th mile is marked. Figured it was good for the state trooper having to work an accident. Reference marks were never more than 264 feet away.
But it is kind of idiotic to do it now, in a cash strapped state.

J.J.

5/28/2017 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have been around for a while now on the interstates. I think it was part of Obama's stimulus program.

5/28/2017 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're just letting fleeing taxpayers know how much further they've got to go before they can get the hell out of the tax and more tax state.

J.J.

5/28/2017 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More insanity brought to you by big government.

5/28/2017 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sign sign everywhere a sign.

5/28/2017 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are addresses for the highway system. I don't think more location markers for a copper calling for help is a waste of money.

5/28/2017 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indiana has them every tenth of a mile such as mile 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 etc. what's the big deal?? Michigan also has them every quarter mile.

5/28/2017 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thy are going to lease the signs! They did the same thing with the parking meters before that contract.

5/28/2017 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Jake said...

I got the significance of the sign you posted in the photo and smiled to myself.

"Hit it!"

5/28/2017 09:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It started with the Obama administration.

The plan is to replace EVERY street sign on state and federal highways with lettering in capital letters and small letters; not just capital letters like a few years ago.

The reasoning was they are easier to read. (for the fuckin' illiterates?)

The cost to taxpayers is probably a billion plus dollars.

5/28/2017 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kind of like those BS county route signs they threw up a few years back. They have them on Crawford Ave through Lincolnwood and Skokie.

Some commissioner's cousin must own a sign company

5/28/2017 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just more politicians padding their pockets. They don't care about any of us and only care about enriching themselves at taxpayers cost. Just think for a second, Illinois is broke, so we must cut costs, so if they were serious things like this would not be approved, But obviously they could care less as long as THEY make money. They will file bankruptcy, screw everyone, and start all over. How do you people keep voting for Democrats Think

5/28/2017 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well someone with horsepower in the State of Michigan must have sign making as a side business, we have a sign every tenth of a mile.

5/28/2017 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was done for faster and more accurate response times to emergencies ( accidents, haz mat incidents or an Officer in distress). Not a waste of money.

5/28/2017 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd bet that 90% of the motoring public have no idea what those signs are for and wouldn't be able to tell 911 where they are if they were in an accident. Ask me how I know. They are good for triangulation at fatal accidents though.

Retired ISP

5/28/2017 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was done for faster and more accurate response times to emergencies ( accidents, haz mat incidents or an Officer in distress). Not a waste of money.

5/28/2017 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pizza Party today at Tom (NO-TIE) Darts house to watch the Indianapolis 500,

Bring a few beers and a client or 2 who are out on electronic monitoring.

Love.
Hannibal Smith
A-Team

5/28/2017 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What?
Illinois strapped for cash?
$25 million was just approved for a study of an extension of IL Rt 53, that is only estimated to cost over $2 billion if built today (over $5 billion if built in 2-3 years and $20 billion if a Democrat gets elected Govenor or President).
It's about jobs.
It may just be a budget item that Blago put through years ago and nobody in the IL Tollway Authority wants their nephew losing that sign contract. Friends of the Swamp, thick as a mud bog and always smells afoul.

The best sign along the tollway besides Cracker Barrel Next Exit, is "You Are Now Leaving Illinois".

5/28/2017 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those signs are needed. What if an emergency situation arises while traveling the highway and you need to summon help to your location? You are barking up the wrong tree on this one.

5/28/2017 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should've made the signs out of LINK cards

5/28/2017 06:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Sign sign everywhere a sign.

5/28/2017 08:49:00 AM


Blocking up the scenery
Breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that
Can't you read the sign??



I like Tesla's version much better

5/28/2017 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
It started with the Obama administration.

The plan is to replace EVERY street sign on state and federal highways with lettering in capital letters and small letters; not just capital letters like a few years ago.

The reasoning was they are easier to read. (for the fuckin' illiterates?)

The cost to taxpayers is probably a billion plus dollars.

5/28/2017 10:30:00 AM


Back in 2010 the FHWA required states to upgrade signs to meet reflectivity standards by 2015. The requirement for upper and lower case letters applies ONLY to those signs replaced under the reflectivity requirement, not all signs.

5/29/2017 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha. When I saw the picture my first thought was "It's 106 miles to Chicago......".
Hit it!

5/29/2017 05:54:00 AM  
Blogger dave said...

NJ the land of corruption has them ever quarter mile

5/29/2017 06:47:00 AM  
Blogger dave said...

Oops i think im wrong they are tenth of a mile

5/29/2017 06:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do only us old farts remember when every streetlight on the Ryan was marked to the nearest hundredth?

5/29/2017 06:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have called ISP to report emergencies on the expressways and have given the mile marker and the ISP dispatchers said they don't use those

5/29/2017 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Do only us old farts remember when every streetlight on the Ryan was marked to the nearest hundredth?

5/29/2017 06:57:00 AM


Don't remember that, but I do remember when city lamp posts had what hundred north, south, west, east you were at painted on them.

5/29/2017 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Do only us old farts remember when every streetlight on the Ryan was marked to the nearest hundredth?

5/29/2017 06:57:00 AM

Don't remember that, but I do remember when city lamp posts had what hundred north, south, west, east you were at painted on them.

5/29/2017 02:16:00 PM

Yellow streetlights on major streets (State, Michigan,Cottage....) signified where the Fire Alarm Pull Box was.

5/30/2017 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me chime in as ISP...

You must have been on an Illinois Toll Road if you saw mile marker signs every 1/4 mile. They are not spaced like that most places around the state. They are on the Toll Roads, and it is great. When someone breaks down, or is involved in a serious crash, they can give their location to the nearest 1/4 mile, which helps our response times and the response times for medical personnel.

In the middle of nowhere, mile marker signs are usually every mile or 1/2 mile. As a Trooper, there have been times going to and from Springfield that I've rolled up on a crash or other incident and realized I was thinking about X Y or Z and hadn't looked at a mile marker sign for a while. Luckily, I've done the trip so many times I have a good idea where I am based on landmarks only. But most people driving on rural interstate don't have that luxury.

For all the dumb stuff this State spends money on, mile marker posts is one thing they should not skimp on. It could be of great importance to a motorist, or us.

5/30/2017 06:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ISP again. To the poster who said that ISP doesn't use mile markers, that is only in District Chicago. On I-72 between Champaign and Springfield, you can't exactly say "I'm currently 22 miles east of Niantic" to narrow things down. It's easy when you have an exit every four blocks or so, which means the mile markers don't matter all that much.

5/30/2017 06:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes like we needed all those CKC signs on the Eisenhower. Doesnt everyone have google maps, gps, etc. etc?

6/03/2017 04:18:00 PM  

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