The Journal reported yesterday that Rhode Island plans to renumber all of the exits on its state and federal highways to meet the latest U.S. standard, beginning with Route 295. The new numbering system would number exits not sequentially, with Exit 1 followed by Exit 2 followed by Exit 3, etc., but in reference to mile markers every mile along the highways. For example, the first exit from the beginning of a highway would no longer necessarily be Exit 1 – it might be Exit 2 or Exit 3 depending on whether it is nearest to the 2-mile or the 3-mile marker.
So a sequence of exit signs along a highway might run Exit 2, Exit 5, Exit 7, Exit 12, etc. The old exit numbers will remain posted for about a year after the new exit signs go up. In the Providence Journal’s story “Rhode Island set to renumber all highway exits,” Patrick Anderson writes,
The DOT has not finalized when and in what order the state’s other limited-access highways will get new numbers, but the entire project is expected to be finished by 2020, said agency spokesman Charles St. Martin. The other highways being renumbered are: Routes 95, 195, 4, 10, 24, 37, 78, 403 and the T.F. Green Airport Connector.
The logic behind numbering by mile, instead of sequentially, is that it tells drivers the distance to the next exit and allows states to add new exits without having to renumber all the others.
The story does not mention the logic behind the logic for the new exit numbering system, or why signs that read
Exit 7 3 miles
no longer serve the public. Doubtless a committee was formed and assigned to find new and creative methods to expand the federal deficit – I assume all this new signage will be paid for with federal rather than state dollars.
Can’t Rhode Island’s DOT drag its feet on this a little longer? What have they been smoking at the FHA these days?
“Antelope Freeway, 1/4 miles … Antelope Freeway, 1/8 miles … Antelope Freeway, 1/16 miles … Antelope Freeway, 1/32 miles …
Here are the current and proposed exits for Route 295 North