Commercial Drive References in Utica Area
Location: NY Route 840 WEST.
Current Sign: Interchange guide signs for Commercial Drive make no reference to the commonly used Commercial Drive, they only refer to the lesser used NY Route 5A.
I've mentioned on earlier Sign Shop dialogs that NYSDOT Region 2 makes no mention of "Commercial Dr" on any of the signs leading to this busy retail area, opting to identify the road as NY Route 5A. Commercial Drive is the overwhelming designation used by area residents and businesses, with most unfamiliar with the NY Route 5A designation. Commercial Drive should be listed on all signs leading to this roadway. Right now,surface street signs identify the roadway as Commercial Drive, but the exit signs don't carry the designation at all. Unfortunately this leads to a dangerous situation for drivers as unnecessary and last minute weaving at the Commercial Drive exit ramp has becoming commonplace.
Existing signs could easily be patched like the sign above. At first I had suggested Series E Modified with "Comm'l Dr" as an abbreviation, but that approach was substandard. Instead I opted to use Series D in mixed case lettering. Not a perfect solution, but adequate when considering the lifecycle of this installation and budgetary constraints.