Route 31 West travels through hillside and mountain terrain, ascending and descending in elevation many times. Use low-profile signs and/or do not place signs where Route 31 West crests in elevation. Road crests have the most potential for scenic quality disruption.
Limitthenumberofoff-premisesbusinessidentification signs, particularly through open space and woodland landscapes.
Reduce commercial sign clutter around the existing Somerset Borough sign or make the sign more prominent by redesigning it or moving it to a location that is less overburdened with commercial signage.
Add an interpretive sign along Route 31 West near the quarry operations in the eastern portion of Jefferson Township. The sign should display a brief message about the importance of the region’s mineral resources. An interpretive sign can make the visibility of this use interesting. If no pull-off is provided, the message should be brief and legible to passers-by at the speed limit of 55 mph.
ROUTE 31 WEST CORRIDOR DESIGN GUIDE
DRAFT: MARCH 2009