Sights and signs

Editor’s note: On a lighter note this month, Alfred R. Pagan, P.E., P.L.S., offers his perspective on sites and signs encountered on his travels.


Chesapeake Channel Bridge/Tunnel sign says: "Total project cost $200,000,000 (No tax money used); Building time 3 years and 6 months; Shore-to-shore length 17.6 miles." Could we ever build it at that price today?


A useful marker in the middle of a traffic lane identifies the location of a hydrant, even when the snow is deep.


A series of four signs along Route 1 near Key Largo, Fla., tell motorists, "3 minutes" … "To" … "Passing" … "Lane."


With the tree in the way, it makes sense to warn about the stop sign in the background.


A thoughtful Irish warning: Be careful of "Elderly people" in the roadway.


We chose to not break the law at the U.S./Canadian border in Washington. We made a right turn on our way to Vancouver, B.C.


This ferry dock in Ketchikan, Alaska, is near the site of the proposed "Bridge to Nowhere." I don’t think it would be a bridge to nowhere, but building one would be a very expensive solution to a relatively local problem.


Alfred R. Pagan, P.E., P.L.S., is a consulting engineer in Hackensack, N.J. He can be reached at 201-441-9719; or e-mail him at

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