Wednesday, July 22, 2015

From the Rearview Mirror: Sign Shop

Blog-2015-0317-rearview With hundreds of blog posts in our archives, we understand if you haven’t had a chance to read them all.

However, there’s a lot of interesting content in those early posts and we don’t want you to miss out. That’s why we’re looking back and highlighting some of our favorites in a new series called, “From the Rearview Mirror.”


Originally published on Aug. 22, 2013, this blog post gives a behind-the-scenes look at the ADOT Sign Shop, a place where thousands of signs are created each year. We followed this post up with a look at how ADOT created signs back in 1979 (surprisingly many of the methods employed then are still being used today!).

A look at ADOT's Sign Shop

Behind the scenes at ADOT's Sign Shop. The ADOT Sign Shop is one very busy place…

Nearly 35,000 signs were created there during last fiscal year alone – that averages out to almost 3,000 signs each month! 

Work orders come in from all over the state and can range from one or two signs to enough to re-sign a whole route (as was the case after a landslide forced a closure on US 89 – multiple new signs were needed to make drivers aware of the detour routes). 

In addition to all the signs you see as you’re driving the state’s highway system, the sign shop crew also is responsible for creating the signs posted in ADOT rest areas and MVD offices

Every sign is created by following guidelines (relating to size, color, shape, etc.) established in the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and ADOT’s Manual of Approved Signs

Sign Shop Supervisor Marvin Phillips says his busy crew is dedicated. “Our customers are the driving public,” he said. “Their safety is our No. 1 concern.” 

Check out the slideshow above for a behind the scenes look into ADOT’s Sign Shop.
Posted by Angela DeWelles   |  Labels:  From-the-Rearview, SIGNS, Sign-Shop


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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.