A lot of unusual, funny, or just plain wrong signs and roads.
Usually Arizona is pretty good about not getting state and US markers mixed up. Not here, alas. Picture courtesy of David Brunot. (Ganado)
For some reason, shields intended for green overhead signs were used here. (JCT I-10/US 60 in Tempe)
In the 70s, ADOT installed these Dust Storm Alert signs along I-8 and I-10 to warn motorists of the blinding dust storms that happen in the central part of the state. They would flip over to expose the warning message in response to bad weather. Unfortunately, they weren't very effective, and were removed by the early 80s. They are now sitting in a maintenance yard in Casa Grande. The original text on the warning was BLOWING DUST - REDUCE SPEED.
At the waterless rest area near Picacho on I-10, ADOT experimented with waterless toilets. Unfortunately, the company that made them went out of business, and ADOT was not able to get them to work reliably. The rest area is now closed, and the toilets are gone.
US 3 and 6 -- Alan must have taken another trip to Massachusetts, right? But it looks kind of dry for Massachusetts. Uh oh. You can thank the Bureau of Indian Affairs for these. These are actually Indian Routes 3 and 6, but the BIA (through it's contractor, Federal Prision Industries, Inc.) got the shields wrong.
ADOT, at least, can get them right. This is at the junction with US 70. (San Carlos Apache Reservation)
Gee, what cities are east of Palm Springs, CA? There's Indio, of course, and a few lesser cities, like Desert Center, Blythe, and oh, PHOENIX! Thanks, Caltrans. (Palm Springs, CA)
This picture was taken on 1/2/1999, at Vidal Jct., CA, located at the junction of CA 62 and US 95. Yes, these are regular, cash, self-service prices. By comparison, 20 miles away in Parker, AZ, I gassed up for $1.029.
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Last updated 04/11/1999