after the rest of the nation, California will begin to number
highway exits. Transportation officials believe it will help clear
up the confusion many drivers face when trying to find an off-ramp
in an unfamiliar location.
has avoided numbering exits, as the federal government requires,
even asking for and receiving an exemption to the law. In 1999,
California estimated it would cost $40 million to add numbered
signs throughout the state. As truckers know, it has continued
to identify exits by the names of local streets.
to keeping drivers from getting lost, police say numbering exits
will make it easier to find accidents and disabled cars. Caltrans
will begin installing some new signs in a few weeks, with the
rest phased in over several years.
will be one of the first numbered. Others to be numbered in the
first wave include the busiest interstates near Eureka and San