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January 29, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: One way signs

TwoonewaysBrendan Bartholomew submits a picture taken in San Francisco, California:

I saw a pair of contradicting "one way" signs in San Francisco's financial district.

Also of note is the little, orange sign nearby, whose arrows seem to be saying "not one way."

Best of all, the "one way" signs were at the corner of a dead-end street, which means if you are already on that street, you've disobeyed one sign in order to get there, while exiting said street would require going against the other sign!

There was some sort of construction or roadwork taking place down that dead-end, so it's possible the dead-end-ness of it was only temporary.


Without knowing the actual intersection and any construction detours, when I've seen signs like that before, it meant that the street is split into one way streets going in opposite directions. If you turn right, it's a one way street on the right; if you turn left, it's a one way street to the left.

Posted by: klew at January 29, 2007 03:34 AM

Orange construction zone signs over-ride any permanent signs with which they conflict, although, here in New York, they generally cover up the permanent signs in such cases.

If this is a case of the road splitting at that intersection, then the one-way signs should be on opposite sides of the road you are on, not on the same post as they are.

Posted by: Glenn Lasher at January 29, 2007 06:40 AM

it looks like a one way turned into a 2 way for the construction zone

Posted by: Joe The Dragon at January 29, 2007 06:21 PM

that is funny

Posted by: DJ 9-Volt at January 30, 2007 05:20 PM

I think one arrow is point down and one diagonal and up.

Posted by: zzo38 at February 11, 2007 03:05 AM

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