Traffic signs are a part of our everyday lives. Most of us don’t even give them a second look, but these roadway fixtures actually play a big part in keeping us safe and our traffic system in order.
We all know traffic signs come in different shapes and colors, show different symbols and wordings, and are standardized by the Department of Transportation, but have you ever wondered how traffic signs came about?
Today’s traffic signs evolved from the Roman milestones. Back in the day, the Romans used 2-ton monoliths as reference points to inform travelers the distance and direction to Rome, the empire’s capital. The first milepost, called Milliarium Aureum, marked the beginning of Rome’s vast road system, hence the saying, “All roads lead to Rome”. (more…)