Speed Buttons Lose To Thermoplastic

Alas, the Texas Department of Transportation is replacing the ceramic lane divider buttons with thermoplastic striping.

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September 16, 2000, 9:00 AM PDT

By Laura Kraft


"The Texas Department of Transportation is phasing out the widespread use of ceramic buttons, known affectionately by motorists as "turtles," on state roadways. Beginning in October, contractors on new state roads will no longer be allowed to use the 3/4-inch-high buttons as lane dividers. Gone will be the familiar thud-thud-thud sound of tires running over buttons that has alerted Texas drivers to lane changes for more than 40 years. The buttons will be allowed only on the shoulders of rural state highways."

Thanks to Laura Krafft

Thursday, September 14, 2000 in Wall St. Journal

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