4 Blog Posts From the signs Tag


It’s a trap

We were driving down Beaver Street in Salem when suddenly we were faced with a pair of DO NOT ENTER signs and no place to turn around. As the driver made a dangerous K-turn, I explained that the signs were illegal. Under Massachusetts law, roads can’t turn from two-way to one-way except at an intersection. […]

How closed is “closed”?

Brookfield, Massachusetts officials posted a fake bridge closed sign to keep nonresidents from using an open bridge. MassDOT said they should take the sign down. That was unusual. The DOT hates to tell towns “no”, even though policing sign use is part of its job. Maybe there’s one guy in the Worcester office who let […]

Warning: warning sign ahead

The driver asked me why there was a sign “SLOW BAD INTERSECTION.” On the spur of the moment all I could say is the town hadn’t paid attention to the last 50 years of traffic control standards. “SLOW” signs have been obsolete since the 1960s, and the “bad intersection” got a stop sign a long […]

Ding!

The quiet “ding!” told me more than MassDOT could put on a giant sign full of words. A bicycle was approaching on the shared-use trail. I was safe, but I shouldn’t suddenly stand up and back away from the flowers I was looking at. In Massachusetts highway signs are apparently run by the marketing department. […]