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Rule 5501:2-8-01 | Definitions.


(A) "Advertising agreement" means a contract between the program manager and each eligible attraction participating in the tourist oriented directional signing program.

(B) "Commercial activity" means a farm market, winery, a bed and breakfast, lodging that is not a franchise or part of a national chain, antiques shop, craft store, or gift store.

(C) "Department" means the Ohio department of transportation.

(D) "Director" means the director of the Ohio department of transportation.

(E) "Eligible attraction" means any tourist oriented activity that meets all of the criteria listed in paragraph (A) of rule 5501:2-8-05 of the Administrative Code.

(F) "Expressway" means a divided highway with partial control of access.

(G) "Fee" means the amount of money assessed an eligible attraction for participation in the program.

(H) "Freeway" means a divided highway with full control of access.

(I) "Immediate area" means within ten miles of the tourist oriented activity.

(J) "Interchange" means a system of interconnecting roadways in conjunction with one or more grade separations that provides for the movement of traffic between two or more roadways or highways on different levels.

(K) "Interstate system" has the same meaning as in section 5516.01 of the Revised Code.

(L) "Intersection" means the intersection of a state or United States highway and any other dedicated public highway as found in section 4511.01 of the Revised Code.

(M) "Intersection leg" means a road leading away from or towards an intersection. They may be to the right, left, or straight ahead.

(N) "Metropolitan area" means any area inside a municipal corporation limit (city or village).

(O) "Right-of-way permit" means a permit issued by the director, or his designee, to the program manager to occupy the highway right-of-way in or on the approaches to an intersection in accordance with the latest version of the department's standard operating procedure, PH-P-403.

(P) "Rural area" means the area outside of municipal corporation limits.

(Q) "Serviceable condition" means that a sign has not deteriorated due to loss of reflectivity, vandalism, accident, or natural disaster, to the point where the sign is unable to effectively perform its intended function. Signs with less than fifty per cent of the minimum coefficient of retroreflection requirements for new sheeting as required in the department's construction and material specifications section 730.18, reflective sheeting type F, or that are judged to provide inadequate reflectivity, or have sustained significant damage are not in serviceable condition.

(R) "Service life" means the period of time during which a sign is in serviceable condition.

(S) "Tourist oriented activity" means any lawful cultural, historical, recreational, educational, or commercial activity a major portion of whose income or visitors are derived during the normal business season from motorists not residing in the immediate area of the activity and attendance at which is no less than two thousand in any consecutive twelve month period.

(T) "Tourist oriented directional signs" means signs conforming to the specifications contained in the federal manual on uniform traffic control devices, latest edition, and rules 5501:2-8-01 to 5501:2-8-10 of the Administrative Code for tourist oriented directional signs.

(U) "Trailblazing signs" means signs that are installed on the road leading away from an intersection directing to eligible attractions that are not visible from this road.

Supplemental Information

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Prior Effective Dates: 5/29/1995