Businesses Along Interstate Exit Roads
Despite the fact that businesses along interstate exits are typically allowed to advertise their logos and company name, they are not allowed to sell anything to drivers. This is done to protect local businesses from competition, especially along Interstate highways.
Business Interstate highways are routed on surface roads
Often denoted by a standard marker, the Business Interstate highway is an alternative to the venerable Interstate highway system. It may also be called the Business Route or BR. The route is designed to facilitate motorists to the city’s business districts. The highway is usually a surface road, although some intersecting roads are private. The name of the route is typically accompanied by a green shield similar to that used on a regular Interstate highway.
A Business Interstate highway is often referred to as the green Interstate because of the color scheme used on the route. The shield has a four-pointed star like design compared to the three-pointed star used on a regular Interstate highway.
Although the Business Interstate is not a new concept, the design has recently undergone a refresh. Several states incorporate the route into their highway systems. In some instances, there is an additional business route as a third alignment. In the most common scenarios, these routes are routed to a central business district in the nearest city.
Business Interstate highways are denoted with a standard marker
Usually, Business Interstates are designated with the aforementioned acronym. In the western U.S., they are often routed on former mainline Interstates. These roadways were intended to connect central business districts to Interstate bypasses. Often, they’re also the only route from downtown to outlying suburbs. In some cases, Business Interstates are even numbered as mainline Interstates. The name of one such roadway is Interstate 80 Business in Sacramento, California.
The AASHTO (Association of American State Highway and Transportation Officials) does not officially recognize Business Interstates as part of the interstate highway system. However, they do require that new Business Interstates meet certain design and safety standards. They also require that the aforementioned acronym be put to good use. In addition, they require that a corresponding state-mandated standard marker be used to denote these roadways. Often, this is accomplished using a single arrow-shaped azerite marker.
The aforementioned acronym stands out as a top-of-the-class highway marker, but there are a few hiccups. For example, a single yellow line may mark the left side of the pavement in a one-way street. Another tidbit to keep in mind is that Business Interstates may be routed onto a former mainline Interstate, although this is more likely in the east.
Business Interstate highways are eligible to display their company’s logo
Getting your business’ logo on an interstate exit sign can be a great way to attract patrons. In addition to directing visitors to your business, the interstate exit signs also help travelers locate hotels and restaurants.
Interstate logo signs can be classified into two categories: specific service signs and ramp signs. Each type of sign has specific requirements. The first type, specific service signs, is meant to help motorists find a gas station or fast food. These signs are placed about one mile from an exit.
The other type of ramp sign is typically placed on the shoulder of an off-ramp. These signs typically contain a directional arrow pointing to the business. They also include mileage indicators. The business’ logo is placed on a panel and displayed at the bottom section of the sign.
The logo program is operated by a private company, called Kentucky Logos, under a contract with the Kentucky Department of Transportation. In order to qualify for the program, businesses must meet certain requirements. The program is available to both for-profit and non-profit businesses.
Business Interstate highways are barred from selling food, gas and other products and services to protect local businesses
Providing services to drivers and passengers at rest areas is an important economic driver for communities. These areas offer travelers and motorists a variety of services including restrooms, drinking water, and other facilities. They also provide jobs to local citizens. But to protect local businesses, Congress passed a bill last year to prohibit new Interstate rest areas from offering commercial services. Despite the new restriction, Interstate rest areas continue to provide an important service to travelers, but there are certain rules that apply.
The rule states that businesses that offer products and services to travelers and passengers must be located within ten miles of the exit of an Interstate highway. Additionally, these businesses must provide adequate bus and vehicle parking accommodations. The businesses may also be required to have state or local licensing approval. The businesses also must indicate their months of operation on their business panel.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) also regulates rest area facilities, including standards for parking, restrooms, and scenic overlooks. Signage at these locations must be in accordance with federal standards.