Signs being replaced to boost visibility for drivers

Road signs throughout the county have been marked with colorful spray paint as local street departments replace about 6,000 stop, warning and street signs with bigger, more reflective versions.

Workers are taking down old and faded signs in the county, cities and towns to meet a federal requirement to upgrade to bigger signs with larger print that also reflect headlights better.

Local governments need to inspect all of their signs and identify which ones need to be upgraded by June 2014, then begin replacing them as needed, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

The new signs are bigger and easier to see in the dark and make the roads safer, officials said. New stop signs in Franklin, for example, are 6 inches larger and reflect light better, allowing drivers to see them from farther away, Franklin street commissioner Ron Collins said.

Communities have started identifying which signs need to be replaced; and some towns, such as New Whiteland, have replaced most of their signs.


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