Chapter 7: Guide SignsAnchor: #CEGHEBCC
Section 1: OverviewAnchor: #i1008652
Chapters 2D and 2E of the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD) provide detailed information on the application of highway guide signs. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Sign Crew Field Book (SCFB) contains further detailed information on the types and uses of guide signs on conventional highways, including detailed discussions and illustrations of:
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- guide sign components Anchor: #TWLKNRCN
- arrangement of guide signs on the sign assemblies Anchor: #RVRQYIRA
- placement of guide signs at intersection approaches and departures.
This chapter provides additional information and guidelines specific to TxDOT operations. See the Freeway Signing Handbook for details of signing layouts on freeway facilities.
The recommendations and guidelines contained in this chapter should be treated as general goals intended to improve the guidance of motorists; they are not necessarily applicable to every situation.Anchor: #i1008700
Purpose of Guide Signs
Guide signs are used to
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- guide motorists along streets and highways Anchor: #GNOJPGJY
- inform motorists of intersecting routes Anchor: #SQQABSOV
- direct motorists to streets, highways, cities, towns, villages, or other important destinations Anchor: #RKANJSCQ
- provide other information of value to road users.
Guide sign messages should generally be as simple and as direct as possible.Anchor: #i1008738
Use of Brown Background
Brown background color should be used for recreational, cultural interest, and historical areas signing.Anchor: #i1079811
Use of Blue Background
Blue background color should be used for road user services guidance, tourist information, and evacuation routes.