Saturday, March 07, 2009
Are California freeway exit numbers entering your consciousness?
More than a year ago, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) starting numbering exits on highways within the state. It was a big job. I-5, for example, begins with Exit 1A in San Diego and runs to Exit 796 in Hilt at the Oregon border. Big urban areas like Los Angeles and the S.F. Bay Area often have several exits in close proximity and so exits get As, Bs, and Cs to keep them apart. As an illustration of this, check out this map of an area east of downtown Los Angeles (the green ovals are the exits).
But are Californians starting to internalize exit numbers? I don't think so. Just the other day, my boss e-mailed directions to my office to a potential business partner. He did not give exit number, but instead called out the street name and direction. And I must admit that I don't know which exit I take to get to my office, nor which one I take to get home from work. (However, I do know the exit numbers I use to get to my parents' house in Michigan.)
Businesses and museums don't seem to be using exit numbers. I checked the websites of a few major attractions and hotels in Los Angeles (e.g., LACMA, the Hammer Museum) and none of them gave exit numbers, but instead gave street names.
If you drive or give driving directions in California, do you use exit numbers? Have you seen commercial establishments or other establishments giving exit numbers?
Photo of Last exit in the USA from scottfeldstein's flickr collection, subject to a Creative Commons License.
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