PAWLEY’S ISLAND, S.C. — Since I enjoy many aspects of transportation, I appreciate that there is a market tchotchkes, stickers, t-shirts, etc. based on highway signs. However, since I enjoy many aspects of transportation, I don’t like it when the wrong sign is used. Take for example the Route 17 sign below:
The shape of the route 17 sign is a diamond. Since 17 is actually a federal route it is US 17 (Wikipedia). That has a many-pointed shield.
Secondly, not only is it not a US shield, it isn’t even the right shape. Two states, Michigan and North Carolina used diamond shields. South Carolina used a simple black on white square until about 5 years ago when it switched to a blue on white design with SOUTH CAROLINA (SCDOT) and a palmetto tree and crescent moon inside the shape of the state.
I know, HUGE problem here. The font and extra graphics don’t bug me too much, but if I am going to note a poor representation of a sign at the Jersey Shore, I’m going to do it here. #roadgeekproblems
By the way, the sticker was photographed at Eagles in Pawley’s Island. We got Yankees and Penn State beach towels and a swim shirt for our son there.