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Tapco BlinkerStop

Tapco BlinkerStop

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The Maize township installed this SCADA-enabled intelligent Stop sign which is equipped with a blinking high-brightness LED at each vertex. There is even an option for radar speed detection which isn't being used here. Personally I think it's a waste of money; why would they need a SCADA-enabled blinking stop sign in the middle of nowhere? Personally I think an attention beacon is more than enough.

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Manufacturer:Tapco
Model Reference:BlinkerStop R1-1
Lamp
Lamp Type:LED
Service Life:Approx. five years between battery changes
Fixture
Fixture Type:Flashing Stop sign
Arm Type:Any standard DOT sign post
Location:Intersection of 37th N and 119th W in Sedgwick County, KS
Electrical
Wattage:8w (One 1-watt Luxeon Rebel LED on each vertex)
Voltage:4.5 volts
Optical
Lumen Efficacy:Up to 2 miles at night
Physical/Production
Factory Location:USA
Fabrication Date:2015
Application/Use:Intelligent traffic control device in the shape of a Stop sign

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Jun 06, 2016 at 08:44 PM Author: paintballer22
I seen a few of these around here. Like yours it's out in the middle of nowhere.
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Jun 06, 2016 at 09:15 PM Author: Globe Collector
You will never fatholm with logic the machinations that go on in the head of a pencil-pusher at a local council....here the Glecorchy Council paid blokes in pick-up crew cabs towing trailers to go around and take away all the street signs, like the green and white ones in this picture, but the are mounted to the pole at just one end...they replaced them all with black on yellow (admitedely it was retroreflective, but so was the lettering on the old ones), which are a lot more difficult to see at night, and the have that "pointing finger" type end, opposite from the pole......but wait....they replaced the poles too, from fairly thick walled 50mm (c2") galvo pipe to this grey painted, thin walled zincalume plated crap that will get all scratched and the local bogans have discovered it is really easy to bend them over and snap/fatigue them off...

You know why they do it....BECAUSE IT AIN'T THEIR MONEY and most of the time they have nothing to do anyhow. Well, yes they do...sit in their little offices and play Minecraft all day at $70,000 a year!

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Jun 06, 2016 at 10:13 PM Author: nicksfans
Here, when they want to bring more attention to a stop sign, they will often install one or two flashing red traffic signals on an overhead spanwire. Seems like this would be a lot less trouble.

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Jun 06, 2016 at 10:14 PM Author: douro20
Generally they would bolt a small solar-powered attention beacon to the sign...
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Jun 07, 2016 at 09:04 AM Author: streetlight98
Here they just recently started using red reflector strips for the pole and started using these 30" stop signs over the 24" ones. IMO if the stop sign is diamond grade reflective (the most reflective type of sign on the market) then there's no need for lights or anything. In an extreme case maybe a flashing beacon but it's the middle of nowhere, so if you run the stop sign is it REALLY a big deal? I think it would be more of a hazard on a busy street.

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Jun 07, 2016 at 05:23 PM Author: Globe Collector
Ah,...but Mile, there is a psychological aspect to this that you are overlooking BUT they have taken into consideration...expectations.

If you come out onto a busy main road from a side street, you EXPECT it to be busy, so you stop and look both ways....BUT, way out in the "bondocks" the expectation is the opposite...so "Murphy's Law" and statistics prevail, and the one (of many) times you don't slow down and look because you "know" there will be nothing there is the time you go splat!

They also have another tool up their sleeve that you don't.....the accident statistics for that intersection...possibly going back many decades! You bet your bottom boot that everytime there is a smash there the situation, time of day, types of vehicles involved, numbers injured and numbers killed are all recorded somewhere.....and they base their actions upon these statistics.

Here in Tasmania, the State Government have a database of potholes.....hundreds of thousands of photographs taken by a special vehicle with a cameras mounded underneath, looking straight down.....a sort of Google Maps Vehicle turned upside down and fitted with GPS. There are literally tetrabytes of images....of road surfaces and potholes!

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Jun 07, 2016 at 08:52 PM Author: streetlight98
If your government has enough money to buy a special vehicle with cameras underneath it to take pictures of potholes, pay someone to drive around aimlessly in that vehicle, and then post the pictures to a database, why don't they just fill the freakin potholes with that money instead? That's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of. And I thought the US government was the best at wasting tax money (after all, they have to be good at something!).

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Jun 07, 2016 at 09:13 PM Author: Globe Collector
Apparently there are just far too many to fix. They only do major roads, not every suburban street or country lane. They use the pictures to prioritize the ones needing the most immediate attention.

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Jun 07, 2016 at 09:40 PM Author: streetlight98
Around here when they do fix the potholes they do a lousy job, so the potholes becomes a bump. And when winter comes, the plow driver ends up snagging the filled pothole with the plow and then there ends up being a baby pothole in the pothole patch and the whole nightmare starts all over again. New England has the worst roads in the USA because of our salty air and rapid temperature changes and tough winters. We get snow in the winter, ice on the roads melts during the day, refreezes at night, and cracks develop. more than 50% of RI's bridges are structurally deficient.

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Jun 07, 2016 at 11:41 PM Author: icefoglights
These signs can probably be put up for a fraction of the cost of adding a blinking light. Looks to be a fairly self-contained unit that just swaps out a regular stop sign, meaning a simple upgrade. To add a blinking light, poles would have to be set, spanwire strung, and a power drop put in, if there isn't already one there for street lighting.

I've also seen versions of this for sharp curves and pedestrian crossings.

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Jun 07, 2016 at 11:42 PM Author: douro20
Solar-powered blinking lights are a lot cheaper than this.
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Jun 08, 2016 at 03:29 AM Author: Globe Collector
I imagine any civil engineering infrastructure, but particularly road surfaces, are difficult to maintain on wet ground that freezes and thaws regularly.

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Aug 12, 2016 at 10:06 PM Author: rlshieldjr
There probably was an accident at that location from running the STOP sign, so they felt justified in installing the flashing sign
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Aug 13, 2016 at 08:54 PM Author: Globe Collector
I'd love to drive a snow plough.....I could do so dartsadly things to the cars of local hoons as well as humpy filled-in potholes!

The other day I watched as one of my friends tried to "gently" roll over a Schutz Tank with a excavator bucket...Bucket, 1, Schitz Tank, 0!

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Aug 13, 2016 at 09:47 PM Author: douro20
Those Schuetz totes aren't cheap, although the local coop thinks they are. Instead of returning them through Schuetz they just throw them out.
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Aug 13, 2016 at 10:12 PM Author: Globe Collector
He has at least 100 of them, used ones, some cleaned out, some still with various ill defined liquids of polymerization products inside.
They hav one odd property, if empty and dry the UV-A flux from the sun soon embtittles them, but if thay have an ich of water in the bottom...it seems to stop this photochemical process.

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