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Dead End vs No Outlet

Dead End

Dead End

I grew up on a Dead End street.  A few house from the end, so I guess I could see the street die every day.  So maybe that is why I am little more sensitive to what seems like a trend.  Or it could be the fact I just think about odd random things.

Driving around it seems like newer streets are now using the No Outlet sign, instead of a Dead End.

No Outlet.

No Outlet.

Is there a difference in the two sign types?  I really don’t think so, so I did a quick Google search to find out the truth.  I found lots of links, where people asked the same question.  A few said there is a difference, but in the explanation the differences they gave made the two signs sound like the same thing to me.  Here was one I found that made the most sense:

A dead end generally means the street is a cul de sac with no connecting streets for a vehicle to turn on to

with “No Outlet” signs are similar because there is no way out, but cars may be able to navigate through connecting streets that may not be seen from where the sign is

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So those two are somewhat different.  But every new ‘cul de sac’ or street without a connecting road now is always a no outlet.

What’s the big deal, that’s what your thinking. No?

To me it seems like political correctness has struck again.  Who would buy a house on a ‘dead end street’?  That is so morbid.  How can a kid go to school and tell his friends “my street dead ends”?  You know he going to get bullied.

No Outlet is much safer I guess, and better for home values.

So tell me if I’m wrong.  Can you find a street built-in the last 5-10 years that has a Dead End sign?

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