Day 106

Sticker orientation

July 10th, 2010

If installing on the left side of the road, make sure the "L" is upright. If installing on the right side, make sure the "R" is upright.


  1. Don in Tennessee says:

    If this is confusing you might be bilingual.

    Sure would mess my skateboard up if I ran into this.

  2. You can tell Matt’s a transportation engineer. Only he would get a close up of something like this.

  3. Candice in Alabama says:

    Mighty helpful instructions! For those of us who don’t know which direction the diagonals must go.

    • AZ Bob says:

      Just remember… “Angle down, go around.” (A word of advice from a long-time driving instructor)

      • And what if the angle is up? Plow into it? ha ha. Don’t know my geometry very well so you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t know all my angles and what direction is what. Couldn’t this also be an up angle depending on how you’re looking at it?

        • AZ Bob says:

          There will always be an “up” side and a “down” side. You always pass the sign on the side to which the stripe points down. These angle-stripe signs are used to mark obstructions they want you to miss, and the stripe points down in the direction they want you to pass it. I’ve tried to be as clear as possible here… :)

  4. Patrick Kirk says:

    I’ve been following your progress since Wisconsin I guess. Love the idea of it ! It feels like I’m walking with you checking on your site everyday. I’m in south central Idaho. Right on the famous snake river, just down from the famous Milner dam. Looks like your not not coming by my place, too bad. I’ve always got a cold beer for a weary traveler and something to throw on the grill ( extra bed and and shower w/ wash- drier too oh well maybe next time ! Good luck and let me know when the book comes out !


  5. Jeff says:

    Send him a email Patrick. As they say .. Never make Assumptions.

  6. katzien in austin says:

    Well dang, I didn’t know the angle of the warning mattered. Very cool tidbit to learn.

  7. Starrfoxx says:

    Funny how he mentions orientation, yet the top sticker doesn’t exactly align with the one below it. The top one is just a little more to the right than the bottom.

  8. Kheavner says:

    I learn something new everyday on this site. I never paid attention that the diagonal stripes faced different directions. Glad you’ve been able to post, and found some more nice people. I’ll bet it’s really peaceful out there in the wide open plains! Stay safe.

  9. Janine says:

    So what if you were facing the opposite direction? Now that thing is on the wrong side of the road. Or is the sticker orentation different on the opposite end, so that the R is upright?

    • JuJu says:

      If your area DOT people know what you are doing, the area of the road the stripes point toward below the barriers will be the side of the divider to drive your vehicle on. They direct you away from a hazard. If the stripes point down to the pavement on the right of the structure you stay right; if they point down to the pavement on the left of the structure you stay to the left of the hazard. Around here the DOT guys always have the striped cones for road construction pointing the wrong direction, but I am the only person who notices. Such is life, most people who drive don’t know that where the stripe points down to is the side of the obstruction they are supposed to drive on for safety.

  10. Stephen says:

    I’m glad Matt’s Timberlands have an L and R taped on the back of his heels or else he could become ‘disoriented’. (grins)

  11. Dave from Milwaukee says:

    Only an engineer would pick up on that…good catch…the inspectors were thorough during construction of that guard rail….

  12. John says:

    Just another one of those things you miss when driving instead of walking…

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