As a result of recommendations made by the Governor's Task Force on Signage and Tourism, the Transportation Cabinet requested that an evaluation be made of Kentucky's policy on tourist information signs. Among the tasks undertaken were a review of the formula tor Parks, Historic, and Recreation Area signs, a survey of interstates and parkways to determine the extent of the constraints imposed by the limitation of one supplemental sign tor each interchange approach, and an investigation of the potential for application of Tourist Oriented Directional signs (TODS).

The opportunity tor increased tourism through improvements in signing and accessibility was evaluated. Kentucky's policies on tourist-related signing were compared to those in other states and to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. In general, it was determined that Kentucky's policy was not unduly restrictive and major revisions were not justified. However, the following actions were taken by representatives of the Transportation and Tourism Cabinets to revise signing requirements and create the potential for increased tourism.

  1. A formula used for determining signing eligibility for Parks, Historic or Recreation Areas was modified significantly to permit signing for more tourist attractions.
  2. A fifth type of service sign for tourist attractions was approved for usage.
  3. A policy for a TODS program was established.

In addition, an analysis of data from a survey of supplemental sign usage indicated that 305 of 532 interchanges surveyed were eligible for supplemental signing.

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Revised May 1995

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