Section 13: General-Services SignsAnchor: #i1009709
The Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD) contains guidelines for businesses qualifying for general-services signing, both on freeways and conventional highways. This section expands and elaborates on the use of these signs.Anchor: #i1009722
Expanded Use on Conventional Highways
As a result of the emphasis on removing illegal advertising signs adjacent to highways, TxDOT has received complaints from businesses that without these advertising signs, motorists are unaware of their services. Often these businesses provide necessary motorist services (GAS, FOOD, LODGING, and CAMPING) for which general-services signs (D9 series) can be provided by TxDOT. General-services signs for qualifying businesses may help alleviate business owners’ complaints of reduced retail sales due to the removal of illegal advertising signs.
In the past general-services signing (E20 series) was primarily used on freeways and expressways where an exit maneuver had to be made before the services became visible to motorists. General-services signing is usually unnecessary on conventional highways where the businesses are adjacent to and directly accessible from the highway. However, some businesses providing motorists services which are not directly visible or accessible from a conventional highway may be signed (D9 series) as referenced in the TMUTCD, Section 2E.51. Districts should consider greater use of general-services signs in areas where motorist services are infrequent.Anchor: #i1009737
When requests are received for additional signs for motorist services (either on conventional highways or expressways and freeways), districts should verify that the service requesting signing meets the guideline criteria contained in the TMUTCD.
For campgrounds, the verification of acceptable drinking water supplies can be accomplished by contacting the regional engineer of the Texas Department of Health.
For hospitals, determination of the emergency medical facility’s “level” may be found by contacting TRF, which has a list of qualifying hospitals supplied by the Texas Department of Health.