Except as defined in this
paragraph, the terms used in this directive shall be defined in accordance with
the definitions and usage of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Sign - a separately attached sign mounted on the
rectangular sign panel to show the brand, symbol, trademark, or name, or
combination of these, for a motorist service available on a crossroad at or
near an interchange or an intersection.
- a rectangular sign panel with:
(1) The words "GAS", "FOOD", "LODGING", or
(3) One or more
Intended for Rural
Areas. Specific information signs are intended for use
primarily in rural areas, specifically, but not limited to, those sections of
the rural Interstate highway system where the 65 miles per hour maximum speed
limit is currently in effect.
Lateral Location. The specific
information signs should be located so as to take advantage of natural terrain,
to have the least impact on the scenic environment, and to avoid visual
conflict with other signs within the highway right-of-way. Unprotected sign
panel supports located within the clear zone shall be of a breakaway
Relative Location. In the direction of
traffic successive specific information signs shall be those for "CAMPING",
"LODGING", "FOOD", AND "GAS" in that order.
CRITERIA FOR SPECIFIC
Conformity with Laws. Each business
identified on a specific information sign shall have given written assurance to
the State of its conformity with all applicable laws concerning the provision
of public accommodations without regard to race, religion, color, sex, or
national origin, and shall not be in breach of that assurance.
Services. The maximum distance that service facilities can
be located from the main traveled way to qualify for a business sign shall not
exceed 3 Biles in either direction for "FOOD", "LODGING", and "CAMPING"
services and 1 Bile for "GAS".
Types of Services Permitted.
The types of
services permitted shall Be limited to "GAS", "FOOD", "LODGING", and "CAMPING".
To qualify for display on a specific information signs:
services, which shall include fuel, oil, tire repair and water;
(b) Restroom facilities and drinking
(c) Continuous operation at
least 16 hours per day, 7 days a week. (This requirement may be waived if
petroleum allocation shortages do not permit efficient operation during these
"FOOD" shall include:
(a) Licensing or approval, where
(b) Continuous operation
to serve three meals a day, 7 days a week;
(c) An indoor seating capacity for 20 or
Licensing or approval, where required;
(b) Adequate sleeping accommodations;
"CAMPING" shall include:
(a) Licensing or approval, where
(b) Adequate parking
sanitary facilities and drinking water.
Number of Signs
Permitted. The number of specific information signs
permitted shall be United to one for each type of service along an approach to
an interchange or intersection. The number of business signs permitted on a
sign panel is specified in paragraphs 5b and 6f. In exceptional cases
additional business signs may be
Panels. The sign panels shall have a blue background with a
white reflectorized border. The panels may be illuminated. The size of the sign
panels shall not exceed the minimum size necessary to accommodate the maximum
number of business signs permitted using the required legend height and the
interline and edge spacing specified in the MUTCD.
Signs. Business signs shall have a blue background with a
white legend and border. The principal legend should be at least equal in
height to the directional legend on the sign panel. Where business
identification symbols or trademarks are used alone for a business sign, the
border may be omitted, the symbol or trademark shall be reproduced in the
colors and general shape consistent with customary use, and any integral legend
shall be in proportionate size. Messages, symbols, and trademarks which
resemble any official traffic control device are prohibited. The vertical and
horizontal spacing between business signs on sign panels shall not exceed 8
inches and 12 inches, respectively. Typical sign locations prepared from these
standards are shown in Appendix A.
Legends. All directional arrows and all
letters and numbers used in the name of the type of service and the directional
legend shall be white and reflectorized.
Panel. Except as provided in paragraph 5b(3), a separate
sign panel shall be provided for each type of service for which business signs
Relationship to Exit Gore. The specific
information signs shall be erected between the previous interchange and 800
feet in advance of the exit direction sign at the interchange from which the
services are available. There should be at least 800 feet spacing between the
eigne. Excessive spacing should be avoided.
Required. Specific information signs shall not be erected
at any interchange where the motorist cannot conveniently reenter the rural
Interstate highway and continue in the sane direction of travel, or at
interchanges between rural Interstate highways.
Signs. At single-exit interchanges where service facilities
are not visible from a ramp terminal, ramp signs shall be installed along the
ramp or at the ramp terminal, and may be provided along the crossroad. These
signs shall be duplicates of the corresponding specific information signs along
the main roadway but reduced in size. Service information for visible
facilities may be omitted. The signs shall include the distances to the service
installations and directional arrows in lieu of words. The minimum letter
height should be 4 inches except that any legend on a symbol shall be
proportional to the size of the symbol. Ramp signing may be used on ramps and
crossroads at double-exit interchanges.
Interchanges. The name of the type of service followed by
the exit number shall be displayed in one line above the business signs. The
"GAS" specific information sign shall be limited to six business signs; the
"FOOD", "LODGING", and "CAMPING" specific information signs shall be limited to
four business signs each.
Double-Exit Interchanges. The specific
information signs shall consist of two sections, one for each exit. The top
section shall display the business signs for the first exit and the lower
section shall display the business signs for the second exit. The name of the
type of service followed by the exit number shall be displayed in a line above
the business signs in each section. Where a type of motorist service is to be
signed for at only one exit, one section of the specific information sign may
be omitted, or a single-exit interchange sign may be used. The number of
business signs on the sign panel (total of both sections) shall be limited to
six for "GAS" and four each for "FOOD", "LODGING", AND "CAMPING".
Interchanges. In remote rural areas, where not more than
two qualified facilities are available for each of two or more types of
services, business signs for two types of services nay be displayed on the sane
sign panel. Not more than two business signs for each type of service shall be
displayed in combination on a panel. The name of each type of service shall be
displayed above its respective business sign(s), and the exit number shall be
displayed above the names of the types of services. Business signs should not
be combined on a panel when it is anticipated that additional service
facilities will become available in the near future. When it becomes necessary
to display a third business sign for a type of service displayed in
combination, the business signs involved shall then be displayed in compliance
with paragraphs 5b(1) and 5b(2).
(a) Each business
sign displayed on the "GAS" specific information sign shall be "contained
within a 48-inch wide and 36-inch high rectangular background area, including
(b) Each business sign on
the "FOOD", "LODGING", and "CAMPING" specific information signs shall be
contained within a 60-inch wide and 36-inch high rectangular background area,
Legends. All letters used in the name of
the type of service and the directional legend shall be in conformance with the
. Applications for erection or
replacement of specific information signs shall be made to the Department's
Address: Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department
P.O. Box 2261
Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone: (501) 569-2281
Erection. Specific information panels
shall be erected and business signs shall be attached by the Department's
Cost. Business signs shall be furnished
to the Department in accordance with Departmental specifications. The
businesses shall furnish signs at no charge to the Department.
Replacement. Upon notice from the
Department, businesses will provide signs to replace business signs which
become worn out or damaged. The replacement signs will be provided at no cost
to the Department.
Removal. The Department shall remove or
cover business signs for those businesses that are not in compliance with the
conditions indicated in paragraph 3 of this policy.
Selection of Eligible
Businesses. If there is not enough space on specific
information panels to accommodate all businesses wishing to display signs,
those businesses closest to the particular interchange will be selected. If
subsequently, a business is constructed closer to the interchange than one
being displayed on the panel, the business on the panel may continue to display
for one year prior to being displaced by the closer business.
Removal/Covering. Each business sign displayed ^n the
"CAMPING" specific information signs and ramp signs shall be removed or covered
by the Department during off-season months if such business is operated on a
seasonal basis only. Said signs shall be reinstalled or uncovered by the
Department during seasonal operations. Each such business shall notify the
Department's Environmental Division at the time of payment of annual
maintenance fees of their operating intentions for the forthcoming year. The
Division shall revoke all permits for signs at an interchange for any such
business that fails to notify the Division at least six months in advance of
any seasonal closing and the Department shall remove all such business signs
for that business at that interchange.
An application fee of $25 per interchange per
business shall be payable with the application for business signs requested to
be permitted. The Environmental Division shall then make a preliminary
determination whether a permit may be granted and whether it is necessary to
install ramp signs and shall notify the applicant within a reasonable time.
If a preliminary determination la Bade that such signs shall be
permitted, the following initial installation fees shall be payable:
1. Initial installation fee per mainline logo
installation fee per ramp logo --------------------$50
If an application for a permit is, for any reason, not granted,
all fees transferred -with the application shall be promptly refunded. If an
application is approved and a contract has been awarded or a work order issued
by the Department for the erection of the sign, no part of the permit fee shall
Upon payment of the above
initial fees, the following maintenance fees, where applicable, shall be paid
for the first year and for each year thereafter:
1. Annual maintenance fee per mainline logo
maintenance fee per ramp logo ----------------------$125
If an application for permit renewal is, for any reason, not
granted, all fees tendered with the renewal application shall be promptly
refunded. If a permit has been renewed, no part of the annual maintenance fees
shall be refunded. If, however, the business sign is subsequently removed by a
taking of eminent domain, a proportional refund of the annual maintenance fees
shall be made. However, in case of any removal, the annual maintenance fees for
any months or major portion (16 days or more) of a month remaining to the
anniversary date of placement of the business sign shall be refunded. There
shall be no refund of annual maintenance fees for any business sign temporarily
removed or covered pursuant to Sections 6e or 6g.
The above annual maintenance fees are due within 60 days after
approval of the initial application or renewal application. When extenuating
circumstances exist, a waiver may be granted. The business shall be notified
when the motorist information signs are erected and the logos installed. Annual
maintenance fees shall be reviewed periodically to determine their relationship
to the cost of operation.
1. The fee to be charged per business per
interchange for the removal of logo signs (other than by being displaced) shall
The fee to be charged per business per
interchange for the seasonal removal or covering of "CAMPING" logo signs per
interchange (fee to include corresponding reinstallation or uncovering at the
end of the off-season) shall be ----------------------------$100
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