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Section 5: Stand-Alone Signs

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Introduction

This section describes the purpose of different types of stand-alone guide signs. These guide signs are individually designed for a specific location. The types of stand-alone signs include:

  • Destination Signs: Provides guidance information in the form of a city name (destination) and the direction to the city. This type of sign is located in advance of an intersection.
  • Distance Signs: Indicates the distance to the city shown on the sign. It is located beyond an intersection, on routes leaving a municipality, and at intervals between highway intersections.
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Destination Signs (Texas MUTCD Section 2D.33, 2D.34 and 2D.35)

Purpose: The Destination sign is used in advance of an intersection to show the direction a driver should turn at the intersection to go to the indicated destination(s). The destinations shown in a Destination sign can be a city, town, village, highway junction, or other traffic generator. Normally, not more than three destinations are used on a Destination sign.

Components: The following components make up a Destination sign:

  • Standard: Destination name and directional arrow.
  • Optional: None

Figure 3-35 illustrates Destination signs.

Destination Signs (click in image to see full-size image)

Figure 3-35. Destination Signs

Destination signs are typically used at the following locations:

  • at the intersection of two numbered highway routes, and
  • at points where they serve to direct traffic from highway routes to the business section of towns, or to other destinations reached by unnumbered routes.
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Distance Signs (Texas MUTCD Section 2D.33, 2D.36 and 2D.37)

Purpose: The Distance sign is used to indicate the distance to the destination(s) shown in the sign. The destinations shown in a Distance sign can be a city, town, village, or other traffic generator. Not more than three destinations are used on a Distance sign.

Components: The following components make up a Distance sign:

  • Standard: Destination name and distance.
  • Optional: None.

Figure 3-36 illustrates Distance signs.

Distance Signs (click in image to see full-size image)

Figure 3-36. Distance Signs

Distance signs are typically used at the following locations:

  • on the departures from the intersection of two numbered highway routes,
  • on important routes leaving a municipality, or
  • at periodic intervals between destinations in rural areas.

Distance Shown: The distance shown in a Distance sign is the distance from the sign to a permanent landmark in the center of the downtown area such as the courthouse. If the city or community has no well-defined central area or central business district, the distance shown is to the point where it appears that most drivers would feel that they are in the center of the community in question.

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