May 3, 2021, 5am PDT
The latest Vox explainer video tackles the eminently fascinating topic of highway sign fonts.
June 29, 2018, 7am PDT
Can a little levity save us from reckless and distracted drivers?
June 28, 2018, 7am PDT
The commercialization of highway rights of way is largely prohibited by federal regulations, but states are looking for new ways to generate revenue from billboards and rest stops.
May 6, 2018, 9am PDT
An overlooked feature of the federal omnibus bill approved earlier this year: a return to the Clearview font for highway traffic signs.
April 12, 2016, 10am PDT
Call it the low-hanging fruit of traffic safety: a number of states around the country post traffic fatality figures on the message boards posted along highways. Questions remain whether such safety campaigns actually work.
February 2, 2016, 7am PST
After adopting the Clearview font in 2004, ending the Highway Gothic in use since the 1960s, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration reversed course in January and will again require the older font. This small change matter a great deal.
February 12, 2014, 6am PST
This is not our first story on preserving a huge donut sign. What makes this one special is that it's as much about Long Beach as it is about preservation. And what makes it ironic is whom they had to fight to keep the donut from being torn down!
August 14, 2009, 1pm PDT
A sign pointing southbound travelers onto Business Highway 51 in Rothschild and Schofield bears an incorrect spelling for every word except "exit."