|This sign on eastbound University Boulevard is 50 years old. Sign photos courtesy of C. Patrick Zilliacus.|
|This sign on westbound University Boulevard near Eastern Middle School is of the same vintage. Note the raised buttons on the letters for Baltimore and Northern Virginia.|
|The back of the sign, looking west on University Boulevard over the bridge.|
|The interchange of University Boulevard and the Capital Beltway in 1963, shortly before installation of the button copy signs (they were installed when the Beltway was completed in 1964). Image from the United States Geological Survey.|
The future of these historic signs is uncertain. They will most likely be replaced when the SHA completes the current bridge deck replacement project. The signs are a little worn, but they seem to be in pretty good shape considering that they are 50 years old. It would be nice to see these signs preserved after they are replaced, since they represent an important aspect of the early interstate era (no GPS back then, so these signs were really important for travelers).