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Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 05/25/2012

More ugly D.C. street signs

(Danielle West)
Because only you can prevent substandard municipal way-finding, I share another batch of ugly street signs, courtesy of the District of DeBonis army of eagle-eyed signage watchdogs.

Above, from Andrew Wiseman, behold a particularly ugly one, with a weird skinny capital V and a mixed-case quadrant indicator.

Transportation department spokesman John Lisle says the city is on it: “Obviously we want our signs to be consistent and accurate, and we will continue to work internally to ensure there is adequate quality control in the process for approving and fabricating signs to prevent these types of errors.” If you see a bad sign, call 311, visit, or tweet at Lisle at @DDOTDC.

After the jump, behold several subpar specimens captured by Columbia Heights resident Mark McDevitt.

Font proportions are off. And “Nw”? Ick.
(Mark McDevitt)

Proportions look good on “Yuma.” But more “Nw”s, and the new standard is “38th” not “38” Street:

(Mark McDevitt)

And here’s an oldie but goodie — “Albermarle” street:

(Mark McDevitt)

Lisle shared some information from the DDOT’s field operations chief, who runs the sign shop:

He says there are approximately 12 to 15 signs installed in the field with the upper and lower case quadrant letters. This was done when the sign fabrication shop first starting making the signs in the upper and lower case format to meet MUTCD standards. All new signs since that period have the upper case quadrant letters. This issue should not occur again.

And the “Albermarle Street”sign, he wrote Thursday afternoon, will be “corrected immediately.” Indeed it was. That night, McDevitt e-mailed with a new photo:
(Mark McDevitt)


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