Over the last couple of years, the Georgia DOT (GDOT) has been replacing big green signs along its Interstates and other limited-access highways with MUTCD-standard “tabbed” signs.
On I-285 in recent months, GDOT has been doing another fairly significant sign replacement along much of the “top-end”. Here’s a picture of a couple of the most recently replaced signs on I-285 westbound (outer) at the Chamblee-Dunwoody Road overpass (please pardon the picture quality)…
One thing that got my attention about this particular sign assembly was the new sign for GA 400 (Exit 27). If you look above the GA 400 shield, you’ll see the word “TO” above it. There’s just one problem IMHO… this is the interchange for GA 400, as opposed to a road that will take you “to” GA 400.
In 1981, once GA 400 was completed from I-285 to GA 60 near Dahlonega (Lumpkin County), GDOT rerouted US 19 along this 46-mile (74 km) portion of GA 400, a small stretch of I-285 between Roswell Road (GA 9 – Exit 25) and GA 400 (Exit 27), and GA 60 from GA 400’s northern end back to GA 9 in Dahlonega.
As for the erroneous “TO”, that could probably be easily corrected by placing a green strip over the letters. In the future, if GDOT decided to reroute US 19 onto the formerly-tolled section of GA 400 going into Atlanta, then they could simply cover up the “NORTH” above the US 19 shield. I’m not sure, though, that such a reroute would occur anytime soon,
In any event, it’s been very interesting from a roadgeek perspective to see GDOT going to MUTCD-standard freeway signage and back to the standard freeway font. Several states have been replacing their older freeway signs with Clearview font. I prefer the standard freeway font, but that’s another story,
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and may you and yours have a very happy and safe holiday season.