Evaluation of Guide Sign Fonts

The objective of this study is to conduct a field evaluation of new available highway fonts versus the Series E (Modified) and Clearview 5WR fonts for use on guide signs. This study will provide the analysis necessary for decision to be made on inclusion of fonts for older drivers in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). In previous studies comparing Clearview fonts to previously used types, legibility distance, the distance at which a subject can read an unknown word, has been a robust measure of effectiveness. Researchers believe that in order to test the proposed font against the current standard, nighttime data collection in which participants drive an instrumented vehicle along a closed course while researcher's record data would be most conducive.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $195000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Colorado Department of Transportation

    4201 East Arkansas Avenue
    Denver, CO  United States  80222

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building
    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155

    West Virginia Department of Transportation

    Division of Highways
    Building 5, Room A-110
    Charleston, WV  United States  25305-0430

    Florida Department of Transportation

    Research Center
    605 Suwannee Street MS-30
    Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
  • Project Managers:

    Jansen, Lisa

  • Start Date: 20170822
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170822
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41944

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01560732
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(262)
  • Created Date: Apr 22 2015 1:02AM