The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Business logo--A separate sign panel of specified
dimensions attached to a specific information logo sign assembly and
containing the commercial establishment name, symbol, brand, trademark,
(2) Commercial establishment--A privately owned business
or corporation offering one or more of the primary motorist services.
(3) Commission--The Texas Transportation Commission.
(4) Contractor--A person, firm, group, or association
in the State of Texas that acts as the authorized agent of the department
in the operation of the specific information logo or the tourist-oriented
directional (TOD) sign program.
(5) Department--The Texas Department of Transportation.
(6) Driveway access--A vehicle entrance, built in compliance
with state and local standards and regulations, for use by the public
providing access from a public street or highway to a commercial establishment
or major shopping area.
(7) Eligible highway--
(A) for information logo signs, a controlled access
highway on the designated state highway system; or
(B) for TOD signs and participating facilities, a non-controlled
access highway located on the designated state highway system outside
the corporate limits of a municipality with a population of 5,000
(8) Executive director--The executive director of the
Texas Department of Transportation or his or her designee.
(9) Gross building area--Square footage of usable area
within a building, or series of buildings, that is considered usable
by the retail businesses and the public.
(10) Information logo sign--A specific information
logo sign assembly or a major shopping area guide sign.
(11) Interchange--The intersection of the centerlines
of an eligible highway and a crossroad.
(12) Major portion--Fifty-one percent or more.
(13) Major shopping area guide sign--A rectangular
supplemental sign panel imprinted with the name of the retail shopping
area as it is commonly known to the public and containing directional
(14) Major shopping area ramp sign--A supplemental
sign with the common name of the major shopping area, directional
arrows, and/or distances placed near an eligible highway exit ramp
or access road.
(15) Multiple crossroad interchange--An interchange
in which one exit in a direction of travel from an eligible highway
provides the only point of access for two or more crossroads; the
center of a multiple crossroad interchange is the mid-point of the
intersection of the centerline of the eligible highway and centerlines
of the affected crossroads.
(16) Pharmacy services--The act of accepting and filling
prescriptions by or under the supervision of a pharmacist licensed
by the State of Texas.
(17) Primary motorist service--Gas, food, lodging,
camping, or 24-hour pharmacy services available to the traveling public.
(18) Ramp business logo--A reduced size separate sign
panel of specified dimensions attached to a ramp sign and containing
the commercial establishment name, symbol, brand, trademark, or combination.
(19) Ramp sign--A supplemental sign with ramp business
logos or the name of the major shopping area, directional arrows,
and distances placed near an eligible highway or eligible highway
(20) Specific information logo sign assembly--A rectangular
supplemental sign imprinted with the words "GAS," "FOOD," "LODGING,"
"CAMPING," or "24 HOUR Rx" or with a combination of those words, and
the names (or business logos) of commercial establishments offering
(21) State--the State of Texas.
(22) Texas MUTCD--Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control
Devices for Streets and Highways, latest edition, issued by the Texas
Department of Transportation.
(23) TOD sign assembly--An official sign structure
erected under the TOD sign program containing one or more TOD panels
and located on a TOD sign program eligible highway as defined in this
(24) TOD sign panel--An individual sign panel of a
business or entity participating in the TOD program contained on a
TOD sign assembly.
(25) TOD sign program--Tourist-oriented directional
(26) Trailblazer sign--A sign used in conjunction with
the TOD sign program off of the designated state highway system that
indicates the direction to the participating business or entity.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §25.401 adopted to be effective November 17, 2005, 30 TexReg 7497; amended to be effective January 4, 2007, 31 TexReg 10830; amended to be effective June 19, 2008, 33 TexReg 4685; amended to be effective January 7, 2015, 40 TexReg 102