Many citizens across the country are unaware of the changes coming to traffic signs. During the Bush administration, mandates were set into place for these changes. The beginning of these will run through January 2012. The purpose behind these changes is to promote better safety on roadways and highways.
Some towns will buy parking signs online, while others will shop traditionally. There will be a cost associated with changing specific signs. This cost is very high in some cases. New York City, for instance will pay approximately $27.6 million to change their signs. Cities like Milwaukee may end up paying $2 million. This price will range depending on the size of the city and the number of traffic signs and parking signs it already has.
There are numerous connections between these signs and roadway accidents. Signs that are not designed to be seen clearly will need to be modified. In some cases, changes will be subtle. Federal and state agencies will monitor these changes. Even towns that do not approve of the expense should change signs to comply with mandates. Let’s take a look at some of the coming changes to traffic signs.
Speed limit signs of 25 miles per hour and above will change
The MUTCD or Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is instrumental when it comes to changing roadway signs. This manual includes standards that are mandated by the Federal Highway Administration. Speed limit signs are one of the most important traffic signs that will receive changes. Signs that relate to speeds over 25 miles per hour will need to be modified. These signs will display larger letters. These letters, which are now 4 inches high, will change to 6 inches in height.
Reflective letters for more safety
Seeing more clearly on the road during evening and night hours is beneficial to every driver. This is an overall safety advance for streets and highways. Reflective letters will be added to traffic signs. By January 2018, cities around the country will be applying this change to signs. Safety precautions of this sort help to reduce auto accidents.
Face lift to street names
Street name signs will also be included in this process of change. When these signs are upgraded, signs that are in all capital letters will no longer be used. Once all signs are changed, there will be uniformity among traffic signs. This is a benefit to visitors traveling to new cities. Signs that are less confusing and are visibly easy to read are likely to be followed by drivers.
For city administrators, finding a reliable sign company to navigate these changes is essential. Call us today for assistance with all your signage needs.
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