Overhead signs

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Netherlands The Netherlands
Location: A15 (Rotterdam - Nijmegen)

Overhead signage gets ever more common in The Netherlands, often in combination with variable speed signs underneath. Destinations on a white background are destinations that are not towns: Heijplaat for instance is an area within Rotterdam. The pull-through sign shows the Dutch road number A 15 at the bottom and the European road number on top. However, this stretch of road does not have one.

New Zealand
Location: SH18 (Western Auckland Ring Road)

Overhead signage is quite common in Greater Auckland. Many exits have overhead ID-signs. In more complicated situations, gantry-style signage is used with large arrows indicating the route to follow for a particular direction.
Photo: Ben / Auckland Motorways

Norway Norway
Location: E6 (Oslo - Göteborg)

This is an overhead sign with standing arrows to indicate an upcoming exit. Norway also has overhead signs with falling arrows to indicate how the lanes are allocated at the place where the sign stands. For the rest, you will see all the indicators of the Norwegian second AD sign, just with some pull-through information that goes beyond the info on the fork sign. Overhead signage is not very common in Norway. It's use is limited to some metropolitan areas and important junctions.
Photo: Ingenioren

Location: A4 (Dresden - Wroclaw - Kraków)

Looks like the normal ID sign, but then split between the pull-through part of the stack above the ongoing lanes and the exit part above the existing lane. Both Polish national and European road numbers feature on the signs.
Photo: Ceske Dalnice

Portugal Portugal
Location: A 24 (Viseu - Verin)

Standard exit sign, which always goes overhead in Portugal.
Photo: Seppl

Location: D1 (Bratislava - Košice)

With lots of the regular signage going overhead in Slovakia, particularly around Bratislava, I just had to pick one random sign for the others. This is an AD gantry sign, which apart from the exit destinations shows all sorts of small information. The route to the airport, for one. The service indicated on the exit seems to be something shipping-related I guess.
Photo: RipleyLV

Slovenia Slovenia
Location: A 2 (Klagenfurt - Ljubljana)

Most exit signs are overhead, so overhead signs are quite familiar in Slovenia.
Photo: Rien / Belgian Roads

South Africa
Location: R 21 (Johannesburg Airport - Boksburg)

The interesting thing about South African gantry signs are the huge forks on them. Where other countries mostly put one arrow above every lane, here is a depiction of the situation ahead in the middle and the two directions in each side of them. On this motorway intersection, each of the two directions has its own number. As they are within the same kilometer, they are numbered 429A and 429B.

South Africa
Spain Spain
Location: AP-2 (Barcelona - Zaragoza)

All exit signs are overhead in Spain. Generally also, you get to see a lot of overhead signage in Spain.
Photo: Chris / Dutch Roadgeek Blog

Location: E6 (Malmö - Oslo)

Overhead signage is rare in Sweden, basically only used in urban areas and at complicated intersections, such as this one. The road numbers show that we are already on the E6-E20 duplex and that this road leads to the E4, hence the dots around that road number. The black on white C behind Landskrona shows that this road leads to the centre of that town. Road number 17 apparently goes to Eslöv and Sjalöv only, as it is linked to those two destinations only.
Photo: Chris / Dutch Roadgeek Blog

Switzerland Switzerland
Location: A2 (Basel - Chiasso).

The pull-through sign is green, which is the colour for motorways in Switzerland. The exit sign shows the colours green and blue, because you would take the exit here for the A13, but there is a proper exit to a non-motorway in the intersection. This is highlighted by the blue colour of Bellinzona-Nord, which is the name of the exit. Also note the exit number, which for motorway intersections is not based on the typical exit symbol, but on a specific symbol for motorway intersections (the one also used on other Swiss signs).

Location: National Highway 1 (Keelung - Kaohsiung)

All exit signs are overhead in Taiwan.
Photo: Darren Hodges / Signspotters

Thailand Thailand
Location: Route 9 (Bangkok Ring Road).

Pretty much every sign on Thai motorways goes overhead, probably the consequence of the fact that many have been built on bridges. This example is an exit ID sign.

Location: A1 (Tunis - Sfax).

The ID sign is typically an overhead sign in Tunesia.

UK United Kingdom
Location: M4 (London - Cardiff)

Quite an odd sign in this collection, looking at the way the directions are summed up: as a series separated by comma's and miles away from the arrows that show the lane allocation. The distance to the exit and the exit number are on the bottom left - difficult to see on the picture. You also see some gantry signs without lane allocation. In that case, the exit destinations tend to hang above the ongoing lanes. I'd say that Britain has had better inventions than their gantry signs ...

United States of America
Location: I 280 (San Francisco - San Jose)

Most typical about U.S. gantry signs is that they do not contain arrows. As a driver, you're therefore supposed to work out yourself that all four through lanes are heading towards San Jose via the I-280 and that the advance directional sign for the Hickey Boulevard exit is just another exit. Still, overhead signage gives the driver pull-through information before the exit, which is quite rare in the US. It is therefore always used at major interchanges, where drivers are thought to need pull-through information (which they apparently do not need at regular interchanges).
Photo: Marcel Monterie


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