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Old 05-23-2009, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Kallison Ranch, San Antonio,TX.
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SnappyBob -I would rule plumbing out. SAWS has water out that way already. I was told yesterday that they will hold direction signage and possibly Trans Guid signs. As you stated the overhead piping / tubing that will connect the "arches" is already on sight.
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Old 05-23-2009, 01:48 PM
 
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They are for Signage i've seen these further up IH35. Its a new frame design .
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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I just drove in from 1604 & IH37 and they are indeed closer to town than I thought. They are between 410 and Spur 122. They have some straight sections lying next to the arches. The arches and the sections are tubular leading me to believe that they are going to be plumbing something over the highway as opposed to under it. I don't know why they would do that but with the tubular sections with round flanges it sure looks like plumbing to me. Perhaps if I had time to study the surroundings better it would become obvious why they are running the plumbing over rather than under. Maybe the plumbing engineers were holding the drawings upside down.

Perhaps conduit for some cabling but it still looks weird. I don't think I have ever seen that before.
My guess is that they're using tubular sections to save weight. CPS is doing the same thing with their giant electric trees you see heading into the Hill Country.
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Old 05-25-2009, 10:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I noticed on IH 37 south of the city there are some arched poles along the highway. One on each side and three sets of them on the north and south bound lanes. They don't look like the kind of supports that they use for freeway signs nor do they look like the type of supports used for Transguide signs. I've never seen these type of supports before and can't imagine what they might be for unless it is a new design. They are very beefy with large round flanges on the ends with maybe 24 radial holes. I'll betTexasHighwayMan knows what they're for.
Yes, they are indeed for overhead directional signs and TransGuide signs. Here are some pictures of some from a company that makes them:
Arizona Structure Technologies - Sign Structures (http://www.azst.net/steel_structures.php - broken link)

There will also be some of these installed on I-35 in the Walters St. area as part of work going on there now.
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Old 05-25-2009, 01:30 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Ah, a new design. That's why they don't look like anything else. They look kinda cool. I wonder why they didn't do the north side signs with the new design. It's very rare that anything cool and new is done on the south end of town first.
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Old 05-25-2009, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Kallison Ranch, San Antonio,TX.
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Thanks TexHwyMan - That's an impressive website.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:32 PM
 
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I like the design. Better than that scaffolding crap they have everywhere.
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Ah, a new design. That's why they don't look like anything else. They look kinda cool. I wonder why they didn't do the north side signs with the new design. It's very rare that anything cool and new is done on the south end of town first.
The new ones on the northside use concrete supports but still have the lattice sign bridge. At the time those were designed, that was the "new" thing. But I agree-- I like the tubular arched supports better and hopefully they'll show-up in more projects in the future.
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I would also think they will be harder for taggers to climb. They will still climb them but it will just be more of a challenge.
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:06 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I would also think they will be harder for taggers to climb. They will still climb them but it will just be more of a challenge.
That's an excellent observation-- I hadn't even considered that.
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