TOURIST-ORIENTED DIRECTIONAL SIGNS
Tourist-oriented directional signs (TODS) are guide signs with one or more panels that display the business identification of and directional information for business, service, and activity facilities. The TODS Program is operated by a private company (Program Manager) under contract with ODOT.
Signs can also be placed for areas like historic districts. Mainline signs are $360 annually per direction on major state routes. Trailblazer signs are $120 annually per direction and are used in addition to the mainline signs—if an attraction is on a side road, the trailblazer sign acts as an extra waypoint marker.
- Must be open to the general motoring public, and not operated on a “reservation only,” “membership only,” or “appointment only” basis, throughout the normal business season for that particular type of tourist-oriented activity
- Attendance is no less than 2,000 a year
- Is not eligible at that intersection for inclusion in the business logo sign program
- Is within 10 miles of the highway for which signing is sought
- Must be open at least five days per week, one of which be either a Saturday or Sunday, for a minimum of 40 hours
- Ineligible for logo sign program
- Historically significant or unique to the region
Commercial: Antiques, crafts, malls, wineries, farmers markets, bed & breakfasts, non-chain local restaurants
Cultural: Drama, theatres, galleries
Educational: museums, tours, colleges, universities, vocational tech
Historical: caves, memorial, reservations, mansions
Recreational: lake/beach, park, camping, golf, sports, speedway, arenas, amusement parks
RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL INTEREST AREA SIGNS
Recreational or cultural interest areas are attractions or traffic generators that are open to the general public for the purpose of play, amusement, or relaxation. Recreational attractions include such facilities as parks, campgrounds, gaming facilities, and ski areas, while examples of cultural attractions include museums, art galleries, and historical buildings or sites.
The purpose of recreation and cultural interest area signs is to guide road users to a general area and then to specific facilities or activities within the area.
- is a publicly owned or a privately owned non-profit facility
- annual attendance of 100,000 plus 10,000 per mile in urban areas or 50,000 plus 5,000 per mile in rural areas
- in rural areas, where generators are less common and more space for generator signing is available, attendance requirements may be reduced by up to 60 percent by the District Deputy Director.
Eligible locations include:
Miscellaneous Generator: Stadiums, auditoriums, convention halls, fairgrounds, parks (national, state, county, municipal, etc.)
Recreation Area: Recreation areas (e.g., beaches and lakes)
Tourist Attraction: Historical sites, State memorials, restorations, monuments, museums, planetariums and other attractions of historic or cultural interest
Activities signed for under the Tourist Oriented Directional Signing (TODS) program do not qualify for generator signing under this Section. Also, it has been determined that the following facilities do not normally qualify for signing under these provisions for traffic generators: business, cemeteries, community facilities, educational facilities, governmental facilities, medical facilities, military installations, recreational locations.
COMMUNITY RECOGNITION SIGNING
For more information about any of these programs, check with the Ohio Department of Transportation.