13-Point County Route
The following is the 13 point program adopted by
NACO for the signage of County Routes. It is
almost identical to that adopted by California in 1958. Statements have been
translated from the legalese.
- A program of placing county route markers on certain county roads is
most desireable and beneficial to counties as well as to the travelling public,
and is a valuable service to the public.
- A program of placing county route markers should be implemented by
- Route marking for county routes should conform to the "Purpose and
Policy in the Establishment and Development of United States Numbered Highways"
as adopted and revices by the American
Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO), and the method of
installing such signs should follow the principles set forth in the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for
Streets and Highways" published by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads in June
1961. This is now published by the Government Printing Office (ISBN
999037533X), and is also available from ITE and in CD-ROM format from
- The recommended sign is a
pentagon with rounded top corners, 18"x18" in size or larger, with yellow
letters, numerals and border on a blue background.
- Routes to be numbered should be sleected by the governing bodies of
the counties involved with a particular route by a proper resolution of the
body. In the event inter-county routes or routes into or through incorporated
cities are requested for numbering, resolutions from each governing body
involved must be on file before the number is assigned.
- Numbered routes must meet one of the following criteria:
- The route is a major road of general public interest, such as
qualified connections between state highways or county signed routes.
- The route is a road leading to a major facility of a state park,
county park, national park or monument, or historical monument.
- The route is a road leading to a major publically owned recreation
area or to a major defense installation or area.
- The route is a major arterial street or road.
- Each state association must set up a board of review to administer
and monitor the program. In California, the board consists of 2 county
supervisors, 2 members of the County Engineers Council of California, 1
representative of the California State
Automobile Association (CSAA, Northern California AAA), 1 representative of
the Automobile Club of Southern
California (ACSC, Southern California AAA), 1 staff member of CSAC, and the
city-county cooperative projects engineer of the Division of Highways.
- The individual state highway departments, through their state-aid
departments, act as the agency to select a numbering system, assigning numbers,
and maintaining the necessary permanent records.
- Numbers are assigned by the state highway departments only upon
receipt of the resolution of the Board and with the approval of the Board of
- The 13-point program are guides to be followed and may be amended
for individual state situations.
- Adminstration of the program is by the
County Supervisors Association of
California (now the California
State Association of Counties).
- The program is voluntary.
- Upon approval and acceptance of the program, steps should be taken
to include the standard county route marker in the Manual on Uniform Traffic
Control Devices for Streets and Highways.
©1996-2004 Daniel P.
Daniel P. Faigin <email@example.com>.