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Howard St. NB, which as you can see has light rail tracks crisscrossing it. Periodically, traffic has to cross between the tracks (first sign at Lexington St.) and then back out the side, presumably to allow station stops. The second photo shows both the railroad version of no-left-turn and the "trolley" signal, which is a bar that rotates from vertical to horizontal instead of green to red.

Luke, obey me. What this sign fails to convey is that the next signal is also your signal, but you need to obey this one first. Funny, I usually don't need a sign to tell me that. "WAIT FOR GREEN LIGHT" is what I typically see in such an application, but at the cost of being able to respond, "This is my signal? No! That can't be! That's impossible!"

Go ahead, make your snarky political comment here, because this old sign is on Baltimore St. EB at Gay St. That's right, no right turn on Gay Street. You can only go left. I'm not gonna write your comment for you.

Roland Ave. NB, which just absorbed University Pkwy., at Cold Spring Lane.

Traveling north on US 1, if you don't turn left you get here in another block, as North Ave. ends. I wonder if it's a deterrent to street racing?

On Sinclair Lane EB, where instead of the double-green some traffic signals have, Baltimore apparently worries about those who try to turn left on red.

Madison Ave. passes through a gateway when it leaves Druid Park Lake Drive and things get a little offputtingly white-bread.

Washington Plaza, just north of downtown. At night, the crabs come alive and eat the brains of unwary visitors just trying to look at the old NO TURNS ON RED sign.

Mannasota Ave. EB across Herring Run.
Baltimore County

Because it has two 1's, the second photo wouldn't be a shield error in some states (like Rhode Island).

MD 134 SB.

MD 158 EB near MD 157 and I-695. Notice that neither of those is MD 20. MD 20 now only exists on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay. On the western shore, it was the main road down the Patapsco River, but it was replaced by MD 151. A good chunk of 20 disappeared underneath 151, so it became a catch-all number applied to all of the little remnants of old alignments. One of those old alignments must have still been useful for traffic when this sign was fabricated, though since 1999 this sign has been doing nothing but confusing travelers.

My guess: The engineering firm drew up signing plans and didn't have the appropriate image of a parent escorting a child through a crosswalk, so they put SCHOOL inside along with the FHWA sign designation (an alphanumeric code), expecting someone to fix it. No one fixed it, and the contractor didn't have/didn't care about figuring out the proper image, so just wrote SCHOOL where the image should be. There are other explanations, but the pentagon belongs to only one sign and it's not this one. I believe this is on Tufton Rd. east of Reisterstown.

Further east on Tufton Ave. are a number of signs that look like this. If I saw a bicyclist running down a pedestrian in the crosswalk in front of me, I would get out and do something.

Beckleysville Rd. is just a small forest road, until it happens to cross the center of Prettyboy Reservoir. This unexpected treat is photographed EB, with a last look back west - the first photo is a closeup of that WB sign, since that sign is only on the eastern end of the bridge.
Franklintown Rd.
Lombard St.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Moravia Rd.
Northern Pkwy.
St. Lo Drive
W. 29th St.
Warren Rd. Bridge
MD 2
MD 7
MD 25
MD 26
MD 30
MD 45
MD 122
MD 128
MD 129
MD 139
MD 140
MD 144
MD 145
MD 146
MD 147
MD 150
MD 151
MD 295
MD 648
MD 702
US 1
US 40
Truck US 40
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