Farewell, Botts' Dots

As many Californian car enthusiasts know, in the past year or two CA has begun to replace the famous Botts’ Dots on highways with wider, more visible stripes.

Here is CA-85 in Cupertino, with the transition between old style and new style:

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It’s not apparent that the contrasting black borders will actually become the standard for bare concrete, as the even the new striping varies between different routes. For example, US-101's concrete sections in the area employ full-width contrasting black stripes between the dotted white ones.

Either way, I will miss the dots somewhat. They defined Californian roads for me, and now Californian highways will become less unique.

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