Traffic Control Devices | A History Lesson

As we drive through the many streets, highways and freeways that make up Arizona’s roadways, we will often find ourselves faced with one traffic control device, after another.  The variations of the traffic control equipment on the roadways today – as many of you have already noticed – are immense.

However, these devices don’t go without their fair share of history, nor did they arrive without their fair share of challenges. Many manufactures began developing traffic control devices and signs shortly after the arrival of the first-ever automobile; over 100 years ago.  These devices are on our roadways, not to frustrate us unnecessarily, but rather to insure we meet our destination safely.

Now for Some Interesting Facts

Road Surface Markings – The first road surface marking in history was a center line that was painted in Michigan in 1911.  Road surface markings provide guidance and information to both drivers and pedestrians.  Today road surface markings can be mechanical, non-mechanical or temporary.

Traffic Signals – Manually controlled traffic lights became commonplace, when in 1914, the state of Cleveland hung electric lights across its roadways that lit up the words “stop” and “go”.  The 3-color traffic signals that we commonly use today, however, weren’t installed until 1920 in Detroit.

Stop Signs – With the arrival of 1915, the state of Detroit saw the installation of the very first “stop” sign, which at the time had black lettering written across a white background.  In 1922, the increased use of this signage led to the development of the octagon shape that we are all familiar with.

Road Symbol Signs – We gradually started seeing the installation of road symbol signs within the 1960’s.  These signs commonly depict road conditions, speed limits, U.S. highway route numbers and other travel information for drivers.  As more and road symbol signs were adopted and installed, we saw fewer navigational problems.

Today, we now have more traffic control devices than ever before including; devices that monitor traffic such as traffic cams, solar-powered message boards that tell us how many minutes we can expect to spend on the road before we meet our destination, and road barricades that keep us from going in a direction we shouldn’t.  For more information, please contact Action Barricade.


Traffic Control Equipment Rentals

Controlling traffic in the busy streets of Phoenix – whether for an event, block party, race or vehicular traffic – is typically never the easiest task one wants to undertake.  Ever have more traffic than you know what to do with?  Ever wished there was an easier way to control it?  Action Barricade Company LLC can provide you with the means necessary to control traffic no matter what your particular needs may be.

As our name suggests, Action Barricade is a company that gives our clients’ the ability to control the city’s traffic, by simply providing them with the finest quality traffic control equipment.  This equipment includes barricades, movable cones, movable speed bumps, signs, message boards and so much more.  Best of all, we have offices in both Phoenix, and Flagstaff!

Are you in the midst of planning a block party?  Use your judgment on which lanes to open and avoid any safety issues with our temporary lighting and barricade equipment.  No matter what your traffic control needs, you can count on us not only to provide you with the equipment you need, but to ensure you’re provided with a strategic plan outlining the city’s specific traffic control requirements.

Start your traffic controlling career in the Valley of the Sun and watch the traffic zoom right on by with our comprehensive flagger training program.  This program will provide you with all of the information you need in order to conduct your job efficiently and without harm while properly utilizing traffic control equipment.  If you’re ready to start the path to an exciting career, contact us today at (602) 288-6350.

In addition to our promise of delivering the highest quality equipment, we strive to do so at some of the best rates in town, in order to ensure you receive the best bang for your buck.  We work with contractors, utility companies, state and local governmental agencies, the department of transportation, the railroad industry, commercial business owners as well as residential home owners.

After Months of Waiting, A New Paving Project is in Effect

Members of Navajo Nation, the Arizona Department of Transportation, and other agencies are celebrating the paving project of Navajo Route 20, after months of planning and negotiation. Funding has already been made and this route has already begun its paving project. This road will be completed and paved by August 15, 2013, only 3 more months of waiting after the initial landslide on February 20th, 2013. This was only two months after Jan Brewer had issued a Declaration of Emergency, which assisted ADOT in receiving reimbursement from the Federal Highway Administration for the necessary repairs on US 89, as stated in the blog post from Asphalt Paving & Supply below:

“On March 1st, 2013, Jan Brewer issued a Declaration of Emergency due to the landslide. This declaration will assist ADOT with receiving reimbursement from the Federal Highway Administration for the necessary repairs on US 89. In fact, ADOT requested $35 million as their initial estimate for the damages and repairs. In an article by ADOT, ADOT Director John Halikowski stated, “This federal aid will allow us to repair the damaged US 89 roadway and restore mobility to the region by providing a safe route for drivers after this geological event made this route impassable,” and continued on to say, “There is not a quick and easy process to fix the highway because there are a great deal of engineering and geological issues to consider. It is important to figure out what has happened because that will help guide us in what the ultimate repair will be.”

Since then, this estimate of $35 million in federal emergency funds has been awarded and we can even expect repairs to start by the end of this month. On top of that, the State Transportation Board has even approved funding for a shorter US 89 detour. The Navajo tribal road will now serve as a temporary US 89 route once the paving is complete. Although, the geological investigation is still going on, as this is a crucial step in understanding how to prevent further damages like this one on US 89.”… Click Here to read more!

There was an initial detour route was US160 to US 98, but this proved to be timely because this is an additional 45 miles of driving compared to the US 89. This was the reasoning for finding other options of commuting. Many residents are happy with the new Navajo Route 20, even if it means waiting an additional 3 months.