Developing Guide Signing for Long Term Work Zones

Part 6 of the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices provides standards and guidance for work zone devices, including signing. Section 6F.55 states that temporary guide signs will have a black legend on an orange background. In 2017, the Receiving Agency issued new standard sheets for Temporary Large Roadside Signs, including details on how to construct crashworthy skids for large guide signs. In practice, a variety of temporary large guide sign designs are seen on long term construction projects on freeways. A variety of fonts, font sizes, sign sizes, route marker plaque designs and text designations, arrow designs, and placement standards are seen. Many of these projects last for multiple years. Suggested sign design and placement recommendations are needed to create uniformity for the traveling public. In addition to freeway guide signs, temporary guide signs on conventional highways are sometimes needed as well. The main benefit of this research will be improved operations thru work zones as drivers will be better able to identify their required exit or turn and maneuver into the correct lane in advance. This will lead to reduced crashes in work zone areas.The objective of this research is to develop recommendations for long term work zone guide sign design and placement to create uniformity for the traveling public.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $150000
  • Contract Numbers:

    0-7046

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Schwerdt, Tom

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

    400 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
    Suite 300
    College Station, TX  United States  77845-4375
  • Principal Investigators:

    Theiss, LuAnn

  • Start Date: 20191101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201031
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: TxDOT Research Library

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01743945
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-7046
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2020 6:18PM