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Old December 23rd, 2008, 09:42 PM   #161
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This one is in Algeria, on a road going into the Sahara desert:
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 10:23 PM   #162
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Yeah, that's the Algerian way of writing Timon. I'm famous all over the world
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Old January 24th, 2009, 01:02 AM   #163
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ah is very curious because i see signs like 525,371,773 km, here in North America 500km is not a big distance, i olove this long distances forum
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Old January 24th, 2009, 01:24 AM   #164
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ah is very curious because i see signs like 525,371,773 km, here in North America 500km is not a big distance, i olove this long distances forum
When I first read your post, I thought you meant 525 million kilometres.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 04:52 PM   #165
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I wonder what the shortest distance posted on a motorway sign is...
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Old January 24th, 2009, 06:10 PM   #166
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Good question. I never look at that really. I will have a look at that next time I'm on the motorway
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Old January 25th, 2009, 12:03 AM   #167
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I wonder what the shortest distance posted on a motorway sign is...
One Burj Dubai, in Berlin:

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Old January 25th, 2009, 12:04 AM   #168
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That's odd.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 12:26 AM   #169
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You have 0.5 km a few pages back, but I'm sure there are shorter distances, like in EU countries, pointing to another EU country (its neighbor), like 100 m to France, or even shorter.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 12:32 AM   #170
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Yeah, but I think they mean on regular distance signage, and not notification signage or something (like on overheads or distances to an intersection etc).
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Old January 25th, 2009, 02:35 AM   #171
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In Queensland, Australia:
The lowest interchange/exit signage distance on a motorway that I've seen is 200m.
The lowest locality sign distance I've seen is 800m (for a suburb), but that was on a regular arterial road.

I'll see what I can find on the net, but I doubt that there would be anything lower than 100m / 500m respectively (apart from national borders). Then again, if that 70km/h-60-50-40-30-20-10-Stop sign sequence is real, who knows what sort of distances there could be...
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Old February 21st, 2009, 01:47 AM   #172
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Interesting Mileage Signs I have found:

This mileage sign for Buffalo, Albany, and New York City was taken on I-90 Eastbound as you get into New York from Pennsylvania. I find it odd that they would have NY City on mileage signs, despite the face I-90 doesn't go into New York. I think at 490 miles, New York City is probably the highest distance on a mileage sign in the Northeast U.S.


Same Interstate, different location, this time on I-90 EAST as you get into New York from Massachusetts. Mileage for Albany, New York City, and Buffalo.


Matt, here's a mileage sign that definitely get your attention. It's taken on I-95 Northbound outside the Baltimore metro area. Here it lists Wilmington, Delaware, Philadelphia, and New York City. BTW, notice how crowded this interstate is.


Mileage sign on Interstate 80 Westbound. Notice they have Toledo marked on mileage signs below Cleveland, they have Toledo marked that way on Interstate 90 mileage signs, too, before getting into Cleveland.


Mileage sign on I-90 Eastbound in Ohio, before the Pennsylvania border. Erie, Pennsylvania, and the first time Buffalo, NY is seen on mileage signs on I-90 east.


Mileage sign on I-80 Westbound showing Youngstown at a mere 10 miles and the very distant New York City at 405 miles. What I find interesting is past Youngstown, there are no cities of any considerable size until you get to New Jersey.
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I find it odd that they would have NY City on mileage signs, despite the face I-90 doesn't go into New York.
Probably because the New York Thruway leads to New York, but I think the route via I-86 and NY-17 is probably shorter.

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Really? I don't think this interstate seems crowded on that picture. Such traffic density is pretty normal outside rushhours in the Netherlands.
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I find it odd that they would have NY City on mileage signs, despite the face I-90 doesn't go into New York. I think at 490 miles, New York City is probably the highest distance on a mileage sign in the Northeast U.S.
I think it's good that distance signs show more than destinations on the road you are on. People change roads every now and then, y'know ... In Germany it's very common to show the focals of the first intersecting Autobahn along with the focals of the road you are on. The 'intersecting' focals are separated from the 'through' focals by a horizontal line and the sign shows the number of the intersecting Autobahn.

A place like NYC does draw a lot of traffic, so there's nothing wrong with signposting it even on roads that don't lead to NYC proper. I presume this sign is placed not too far before the I-86, where you would turn off to NYC.
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ChrisZwolle, that thought of I-90 being the NY Thruway as well as I-90, never occurred to me, it makes perfect sense now. Yes, the I-86/NY 17 route is shorter, and cheaper, too. The Thruway is a toll road. I-86/NY 17 is 388 miles, compared to 460 for the Thruway, albeit I-86/NY 17 is more hilly.

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I think it's good that distance signs show more than destinations on the road you are on. People change roads every now and then, y'know ... In Germany it's very common to show the focals of the first intersecting Autobahn along with the focals of the road you are on. The 'intersecting' focals are separated from the 'through' focals by a horizontal line and the sign shows the number of the intersecting Autobahn.

A place like NYC does draw a lot of traffic, so there's nothing wrong with signposting it even on roads that don't lead to NYC proper. I presume this sign is placed not too far before the I-86, where you would turn off to NYC.
That sign is just after you get into New York State from Pennsylvania on I-90/Thruway, and it is a couple of exits after I-86, but you were close. But now I know that I-90 is also the Thruway, it does make good sense to show NYC on those signs, Albany, too, being as it is the capital of New York state. However, from PA to Buffalo on I-90 east, Buffalo is the control city.

Another interesting thing to prove the mileages for the the Thruway is that as you go north on I-87 from New York City Metro area to Upstate New York, Buffalo is shown on mileage signs, even though I-87 doesn't go to Buffalo, but because it's on the Thruway, that's why it's shown.

In Germany, they show distances to cities on upcoming intersections? Kind of confusing. In New York State and Canada, they usually only show distances to the closest towns and cities on the highways (and multiplexed highways).

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In Germany, they show distances to cities on upcoming intersections? Kind of confusing. In New York State and Canada, they usually only show distances to the closest towns and cities on the highways (and multiplexed highways).
The German system is never confusing, because those towns and cities on intersecting highways are properly separated from the towns and cities on the highway you are driving on. See for instance the sign below. I think the information is useful, as it gives information about the roads you are going to cross. You could in a way regard this type of signage as very advanced directional signage; you know what's coming up before you actually reach the first signs of the intersection.

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You mean by distance or by sign length?
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By sign length this one probably wins.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 05:23 PM   #180
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8 destinations Must be fun to look for a certain location when you pass with 130 km/h
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