Ohio Highway Signs Give Way To Clearer Style

CLEVELAND (AP) - Looking ahead, motorists in Ohio can expect to see a new highway sign typeface meant to speed up readability.

Graphic designer Don Meeker says what's called the Clearview typeface improves readability 20 percent over traditional highway lettering. Next fall, the font will appear on signs in northeast Ohio as part of construction projects on Interstates 71, 90, 490 and 480.

The new font opens the inside spaces in letters like "s," "c" and "e" and increases the height of lowercase letters.

Spokesman Scott Varner with the Ohio Department of Transportation says what seems to be a minor change has a dramatic impact.