Dead End vs No Outlet. Cul de Sac vs Court. An What do these signs mean?

Dead End
Dead End Sign

Dead End is the place to be…

I grew up on a Dead End street.  The dead end sign would get ripped off the pole ever few years and put up in some kids bedroom.  Our house was a few houses 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.  But you are here reading my thoughts so maybe it’s not so random.  Or maybe we are both random minded people, and thing about random things at random times

Driving around it seems like newer streets are now using the No Outlet sign, instead of a Dead End.  The Dead End simple means the street has an ending, why does it have to be dead?  Seems morbid to me.  But really when you ask:

What does Dead End mean?

Simple, A dead end is a street which ends abruptly with no place to turn around.  A dead end street just stops, or ends. You can’t get through to another street!  Therefore the street is Dead, and has no life left.  This is the type of street I lived on, and I can say it was very dead for sure.


Dead End vs 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 of the sites I visited said there is a difference, but in the explanation the differences made the two signs sound like the same thing to me.  Here was one site I found that made the most sense,

What is the difference between dead end and no outlet?

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 types of streets, or road signs, are somewhat different from each other.   No Outlet may just not have a way to exit the area, but you can at the very least turn yourself around without stopping, and backing up.  So it seems 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.  Who cares what a street sign has printed on it!  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?

Also this brings up another critical questions.  Cul de sac vs Court, was is the difference?  I really don’t have the time to get into this maybe another post we can research and understand together what is up and going on with these similar road types.

Have we answered the questions on your mind?  What is a dead end?  What is no outlet? and What is the difference between dead end vs no outlet?

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