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3/4/16 UPDATE: FHWA’s U-Turn on Clearview

Posted in City Wayfinding, Civic, Civic Wayfinding, College Wayfinding, Commentary, County Wayfinding, Regional Wayfinding, University Wayfinding on March 4th, 2016 by Mark VanderKlipp – Be the first to comment

The FHWA has issued a clarification on the ruling it issued on January 25, 2016 terminating the Interim Approval of Clearview as an alternate font to the MUTCD. With regard to community wayfinding signage systems, the use of alternate fonts is still possible.

To summarize:

  • Projects currently in fabrication do not need to comply.
  • To the extent possible, projects currently in design should switch to the Standard Alphabet.
  • Street and destination names should continue to use upper and lowercase letterforms.
  • Agencies should revise policies to eliminate language referencing Clearview as an approved font
  • Community wayfinding systems are not impacted by this ruling:

Community wayfinding signs (see MUTCD Section 2D.50) may continue to use a lettering style other than the Standard Alphabets as long as it provides at least equivalent legibility as provided in the referenced Section of the MUTCD.

Links for reference:

The FHWA’s clarification on the January 25, 2016 ruling.

The January 25, 2016 Federal Register Notice discontinuing the use of letter styles alternative to the Standard Alphabets.

The Technical Brief details the research and findings related to the Clearview font vs. the Standard Alphabet

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