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Exit signs on I5

Posted by Dion Dock on 23 November 2010 in English (English)

It looks like someone (ODOT?) has changed some of the exit signs on I5 in Portland, OR. The signs used to name the city or area for the exit (for example, Tualatin). Now they just list the road name (Nyberg Street).

I suppose this could be a plus, as it's not always clear which city should be listed. I can remember seeing signs from I84 to I205 south that said "Salem". To get to Salem, you'd first pass though Gladstone, Oregon City, Wilsonville and Woodburn. Even worse, it wouldn't help if you wanted to head south of Salem to Eugene.

Comment from Paul Johnson on 23 November 2010 at 03:45

If they've been updated on the ground, it's definitely time to update it in the map. old_name might be a good key as well to hang on to the old exit name.

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Comment from Paul Johnson on 23 November 2010 at 03:58

loc_name= would be a good choice if the name is what people in Portland know it as, regardless of what's on the sign.
old_name= would be what's still on the sign if the rename has occurred but they're replacing the signage as the old ones wear out.
name= should best reflect what should be on the sign if you can find it out from ODOT or what is actually on the sign if you can't.

Tulsa makes this brutal, since there was great renaming of the freeways somewhat recently and state roads seem to get renamed at a whim (about a mile of "State Highway 66" got renamed something incredibly long like "Officer and Mister Cantrell Memorial Highway") so it's dicey if you're navigating by name using OSM at the moment. I take street names on my OSM-loaded Garmin with a massive grain of salt on roads I haven't been on before.

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