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GIGObuster
12-17-2005, 08:33 PM
In a pit thread there was a post to Warning signs of the road:

http://homepages.cwi.nl/~dik/english/traffic/signs/Aa.html
At the bottom of the page, we have A97a: A worded sign as used in the UK

It consists of the word Ford inside a white triangle with a red edge.

:confused:

Maybe a warning to Ford Prefects to stay off the road? :)


What is that sign for?

Richard Pearse
12-17-2005, 08:55 PM
In a pit thread there was a post to Warning signs of the road:

http://homepages.cwi.nl/~dik/english/traffic/signs/Aa.html
At the bottom of the page, we have A97a: A worded sign as used in the UK

It consists of the word Ford inside a white triangle with a red edge.

:confused:

Maybe a warning to Ford Prefects to stay off the road? :)


What is that sign for?

My educated guess is that it warns of a shallow water crossing in the road ahead.

Squink
12-17-2005, 08:59 PM
Dead vehicles on the road. ;)
More likely a stream crossing at "A shallow place in a body of water, such as a river, where one can cross by walking or riding on an animal or in a vehicle." As Frodo found out on the road to Rivendell, unmarked fords can be hazardous.

Polycarp
12-17-2005, 09:00 PM
My best guess: It has nothing to do with Ford Motor Co., American or British. Rather:

The road (lane) crosses a shallow stream by a ford rather than a bridge or culvert. That is, you drive through the shallow water across the stream.

Mbossa
12-17-2005, 09:00 PM
Yep, that sounds about right.

Wikipedia link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_%28river%29)

This is the first time I've heard of that definition myself.

GIGObuster
12-17-2005, 09:08 PM
Aha, thanks guys! With that context I get that also in Canada they call it that way:

http://exploringthenorth.com/ottawa/ehlco.html
You will have to ford the West Branch of the Big Iron River for the second time near the end of this segment. This ford is much smaller and can be crossed virtually any time during the biking season.

Google was getting me lost with Ford car items in the UK.

cmkeller
12-18-2005, 01:25 AM
Climb every mountain....ford every stream....

Cabbage
12-18-2005, 01:59 AM
It's actually a sign warning "Illuminati Ahead". (The "n", naturally, is invisible).

GorillaMan
12-18-2005, 04:50 AM
Here's (http://grundisburgh.org.uk/grundisburgh_ford1.jpg) one in a village near me.

Cat Jones
12-18-2005, 05:01 AM
They are often followed by a "Now Try Your Brakes" sign the far side. The one near my parents is now dry more often than not but the sign is permanent;

butler1850
12-19-2005, 12:43 PM
Ok, question answered, but now I've another that involves that same spot.

How do they construct it?

I'd imagine that it would be tough to get a good road surface by paving under standing (or flowing, which I'd imagine would be worse) water???

-Butler

RealityChuck
12-19-2005, 01:19 PM
"Why you need-a a horse when you have-a a ford?"

Cat Jones
12-19-2005, 01:23 PM
Ok, question answered, but now I've another that involves that same spot.

How do they construct it?

I'd imagine that it would be tough to get a good road surface by paving under standing (or flowing, which I'd imagine would be worse) water???

-ButlerWell in the more remote areas they don't always, it may just be the stony stream bed but in a lot of places the presence of water is seasonal.

WotNot
12-19-2005, 01:26 PM
Ok, question answered, but now I've another that involves that same spot.

How do they construct it?

I'd imagine that it would be tough to get a good road surface by paving under standing (or flowing, which I'd imagine would be worse) water???

-Butler
Well, sometimes itís only a ford in very wet weather, but mostly they donít pave it at all. Look at the photo linked in GorillaManís post: just a track, really. Any road worth paving would also be worth building a bridge for.

casdave
12-19-2005, 01:29 PM
These fords are usually on very small roads and so they can be made of stone slabs simply laid down.

Lots of fords are dry for most of the year, only becoming water routes during winter or heavy periods of rain, and there is enough time to put down a normal concrete layer.

Normal ashphalt is useless as it just breaks down.

Many fords will have a footbridge next to them for pedestrians.

Polycarp
12-19-2005, 01:51 PM
Dead vehicles on the road. ;)
More likely a stream crossing at "A shallow place in a body of water, such as a river, where one can cross by walking or riding on an animal or in a vehicle." As Frodo found out on the road to Rivendell, unmarked fords can be hazardous.

Now you've got me visualizing that scene in FOTR with a big "FORD AHEAD" triangle sign alongside the road! :D

Hari Seldon
12-19-2005, 02:35 PM
Concrete will set under water. How do you think they build dams?

Somewhere in Montgomery County, PA, in the general vicinity of Bryn Mawr and Haverford, there is a small paved road that fords a stream. I believe it is paved in concrete.

TheLoadedDog
12-19-2005, 02:37 PM
Ok, question answered, but now I've another that involves that same spot.

How do they construct it?

I'd imagine that it would be tough to get a good road surface by paving under standing (or flowing, which I'd imagine would be worse) water???

-Butler
They're quite common around here. Normally, they are just constructed of very, very thick concrete. They seem to withstand the decades.

On a side note, the local signs say "DIP". One New Zealand tourist, traveling at high speed late at night in his hire car saw this sign and dutifully dipped his headlights. He reckons he cleared the entire thing airborne, Dukes of Hazzard style. Didn't do his suspension (or his nerves) much good, he said.

GorillaMan
12-19-2005, 06:43 PM
Well, sometimes itís only a ford in very wet weather, but mostly they donít pave it at all. Look at the photo linked in GorillaManís post: just a track, really. Any road worth paving would also be worth building a bridge for.
Yep. The one in question is just the gravel-covered bed of the stream. This is often the case - because the river was forded at the shallowest and least muddy place to start with.

Boulter's Canary
12-20-2005, 07:24 AM
Here's (http://grundisburgh.org.uk/grundisburgh_ford1.jpg) one in a village near me.

And here's one near me:

http://nwkfhs.org.uk/EYNSFORD.JPG

(How do you do that blue linky thing?)

Richard Pearse
12-20-2005, 07:36 AM
And here's one near me:

http://nwkfhs.org.uk/EYNSFORD.JPG

(How do you do that blue linky thing?)

Like this, take the spaces out from before and after the square brackets:

[ url=http://website.com.au ]Words to appear as a link.[ /url ]

Free tip, whenever you see some kind of VB code and want to know how it is done, just click the "reply" button on the post in question and the code will be in the quote box.

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