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Recently installed metric signage on US Interstate #5213609 09/15/19 05:54 PM
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About a month ago I was traveling on I-265, one of the spurs that loops around Louisville, KY when I noticed the road signs had changed to metric for about a 5-10 mile stretch. I've not traveled this route often or recently, so I can't say for sure how long the signs have been there, but it looks like an area of the interstate that has been redone recently.

I'm aware of some areas of the US that retain metric signage from decades ago when the US was exploring switching over to metric, but I'm certain these road signs have been installed in the not-too-distant past. Of course in areas near the border it's common to see metric, but I'm baffled as to why they chose metric as the dominant unit (with imperial in parentheses) in this area of northern KY, 400+ miles from any border. The speed limit signs were in MPH, I never thought to check the mile markers; they are probably in miles too.

Anyone see anything similar in other places, or is there a reason why the road signs are done this way?

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Re: Recently installed metric signage on US Interstate [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5213616 09/15/19 06:03 PM
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Looks like someone finally got around to being proactive about switching to the Metric System. About time.

Or -- could be a test of peoples' reactions. Middle of America, Kentucky probably chosen as least likely to approve the change.

I speculate totally, but that's my take.



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Re: Recently installed metric signage on US Interstate [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5213621 09/15/19 06:07 PM
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Re: Recently installed metric signage on US Interstate [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5213625 09/15/19 06:10 PM
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Ive seen it up near Maine, NH, etc, but that really is odd given its location.


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Re: Recently installed metric signage on US Interstate [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5213630 09/15/19 06:14 PM
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As much as i really do like the metric system I like more the fact that america is different from the rest of the world because of how we measure things. We dont have to be like the rest of the world just because they want us to be.


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Re: Recently installed metric signage on US Interstate [Re: joegreen] #5213634 09/15/19 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by joegreen
As much as i really do like the metric system I like more the fact that america is different from the rest of the world because of how we measure things. We dont have to be like the rest of the world just because they want us to be.


Plus we have had people walk on the moon, something that a country which uses the metric system hasn't done.


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Re: Recently installed metric signage on US Interstate [Re: bdcardinal] #5213647 09/15/19 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by bdcardinal
Originally Posted by joegreen
As much as i really do like the metric system I like more the fact that america is different from the rest of the world because of how we measure things. We dont have to be like the rest of the world just because they want us to be.


Plus we have had people walk on the moon, something that a country which uses the metric system hasn't done.


Well there is this...

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Re: Recently installed metric signage on US Interstate [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5213672 09/15/19 06:59 PM
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Truth is, the US actually does use the metric system, the general populace just doesn't know it or use it themselves. Science, medicine, and industry all use it. Had a buddy that worked in a local commuter train factory, all measures were in metric.


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Originally Posted by joegreen
As much as i really do like the metric system I like more the fact that america is different from the rest of the world because of how we measure things. We dont have to be like the rest of the world just because they want us to be.


I agree. While being different is not necessarily better, we do have something pretty awesome going on here!

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Had a buddy that worked in a local commuter train factory, all measures were in metric.


Standard rail is 4 foot, 8 and 1/2 inches across. It's a standard measurement and it's used in North America, Western Europe, Australia, much of North Africa and China.

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The French were probably involved somehow


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I would prefer dual english/metric signs for foreign visitors.

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Originally Posted by bdcardinal
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As much as i really do like the metric system I like more the fact that america is different from the rest of the world because of how we measure things. We dont have to be like the rest of the world just because they want us to be.


Plus we have had people walk on the moon, something that a country which uses the metric system hasn't done.

The Apollo Guidance Computer that helped put the man on the moon was programmed using SI/metric system.

And in 2007, NASA officially declared that, going forward, they'll be using metric units for all operations on the lunar surface.


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Re: Recently installed metric signage on US Interstate [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5213713 09/15/19 07:50 PM
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The power industry as far as temperature goes has been metric for 40 years but....., still for me to relate to any temp different than 25c I have to convert it.

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Originally Posted by Cujet
Originally Posted by A_Spruce
Had a buddy that worked in a local commuter train factory, all measures were in metric.


Standard rail is 4 foot, 8 and 1/2 inches across. It's a standard measurement and it's used in North America, Western Europe, Australia, much of North Africa and China.

I have no idea what factory A_Spruce is referring to or the company but I'm confident that what he/she means is just about everything except the "span" between rails. Even that may be done in metric now - 143.51 cm. The imperial measurement will no doubt have a tolerance and the tolerance can be converted/adapted to metric just the same. The parts and/or assemblies that they design and manufacture will be done in cm or mm vs inches.

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