“This revision was made in the 2003 edition and allowed until 2018 for compliance. The long compliance date allows for signs to age out and new signs to conform to the new requirements,” Garifo said.
“The font requirement with the first letter being upper case and the rest of the word being lower case was based upon research for older drivers. The research indicated that there was better legibility of the letters with the mixed-case fonts. There is also a specific font that was developed called Clearview font that even showed better results. It currently is not required but is allowed.”
Garifo said, “Some municipalities still request new signs with all-upper-case lettering. In cases where we are informed of these requests, N.C. DOT has made an effort to contact the municipality to inform them of the requirement,” Garifo said.
Date posted: October 8, 2010
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