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Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/01/2019 :  3:34:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What color and kind of striping would best fit the transition era (c. 1947-1955) for small-town streets and rural roads in the northwest U.S.? White...yellow....single or double solid lines...dotted lines?


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Posted - 11/01/2019 :  4:30:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any kind of standardized lines didnít start until 1926. At this time, white lines were painted at intersections and junctions only, to indicate that drivers had to stop.
Then by the 1940s white lines were being used to separate lanes of traffic, splitting the road down the middle.
Yellow lines weren't introduced until the 1950s era, and were designed to communicate restrictions on parking, waiting, and loading. It wasnít until 1960 before double yellow painted lines appeared.
A 1948 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
As World War II neared an end, traffic engineers began gearing up for a long-needed
revision to the manual. Higher vehicle speeds had created many pressing needs for advances in
size, illumination, retroreflectorization, use of symbols, and pavement markings.
Read through this PDF; https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/ghawkins/marking%20color%20evolution.pdf

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Posted - 11/01/2019 :  4:52:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great stuff, Louis! Need some Quality Read Time here!

Also note that markings were not "standardized" across the country until somewhere around 1956-1959, as the Interstate Highway system began to ease driving long distances with higher speeds and avoidance of small towns. There are a fascinating number of different systems for dividing the state and local highway lanes, and what was common here in the midwest was apparently very different from what was common in the northeast, where I grew up.

Thanks, Louis!

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/01/2019 :  5:59:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Pete and Louis. Another interesting bit of history.

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