Warning And Regulatory Signs

Written by Tammy Bush
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Rome was a great civilization and has contributed to our Western way of life in ways that few realize with the creation of warning and regulatory signs. Romans were excellent architects and enabled travel like never before. For one, Romans built roads. Their army was superior, in part, because it traveled good roads.

Early Warning and Regulatory Signs

Once Romans had roads, it was only a matter of time before road signs came along. As a matter of fact, they invented those, too. One of the earliest documented traffic signs was the milestone. This was set up by Romans around 250 B. C. They've been in use for two millennia.

These milestones were placed on roads leading from the capital to show travelers how far they were from Rome. After about 100 miles outside of Rome, milestones would show travelers how far they were from neighboring towns. This is not unlike our highway signs today.

Less Is More

Milestones were usually huge pieces of marble or granite, sometimes six feet in length. Romans also used directional signs on their roads. Warning and regulatory signs have come a long way, and are just as if not more important than ever. People may be able to find their way around a town with which they are exceedingly familiar, but few would be able to navigate a place they've never been to before. For that, you need warning and regulatory signs.


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