ROAD SIGNS OF WASHINGTON

All photos taken by Mark O'Neil unless otherwise noted

Updated February 17, 2002

INTERSTATE SIGNS

Current style Washington interstate signs are square with the interstate shield against a white background. (Photo by Joe Koehler).

Older style Washington intersate sign with the state name. Not too many of these left outside Seattle. (Photo by Joe Koehler).

A sign that shouldn't exist. State highway workers made and posted this sign along WA-530 which leads into the highway garage. There was so much traffic along that road, it's like an interstate - they reasoned. This sign was never posted along the road itself, rather it was posted inside the state garage grounds (Photo by Joe Koehler).

US HIGHWAY SIGNS

Washington was one of a handful of states that dropped the "US" from its US highway signs after 1956 when the restrictions were relaxed. Note the unusual fonts for the "99". (Collection of Robert Edgar).

STATE HIGHWAY SIGNS

A slightly older version of the current style of state route markers. Newer signs use a larger font for one and two-digit numbers. Older signs, such as this one, used the three-digit font regardless of route number. (My collection).

Current style Washington State marker on the road. This is the "companion" sign to the I-530 sign above. (Photo by Joe Koehler).

Older style Washington sign. This style sign appears in the 1939 official map of Washington State; however, this sign is probably from the 1950's or 60's. (Photo by Joe Koehler)

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