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Feds Making NYCity Spend $27M to Change Lettering on Street Signs
Publius Forum ^ | 10/01/10 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 10/01/2010 9:33:20 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus

So you are a busy federal agency with lots and lots to do. You have roads to build, bridges to reinforce, and infrastructure to shore up, but there is something gnawing at your paper pushing soul. It's those darn street signs in New York City and others. So, like a good, jackbooted government automaton, you storm down to that offending city and demand it spend $27million to change the lettering on those darn signs. I mean it's not like you have anything else to do, right?

Well, it may seem like a joke but this is precisely what has happened. The Federal Highway Administration has demanded that New York City and other cities change street signs from all upper case to upper and lower (i.e. BROADWAY to Broadway) and it is going to cost an estimated $27 million of the taxpayer’s money to do it in New York City alone.

The city reports that 11,000 signs will have been changed by the end of this fiscal year and the rest will be done by 2018.

So why is this waste of money being forced on the nation from our masters in Washington? Because the federal government has changed its street sign regulations. In all its brilliance, this federal agency has determined that all caps signs are harder to read and might cause accidents as drivers take too long to read signs while driving...

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TOPICS: Government; Local News; Politics
KEYWORDS: constitution; federalgovernment; waste
The federal government REALLY needs to be gutted.
1 posted on 10/01/2010 9:33:29 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Not JUST NYC, this is a federal issue for ALL communities.


2 posted on 10/01/2010 9:34:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: a fool in paradise

I wonder how much the all caps signs in my town will be worth in a few years. And where did I put that cordless wrench?


3 posted on 10/01/2010 9:39:57 AM PDT by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Hey, at least they’re not making them put the signs in Braille.


4 posted on 10/01/2010 9:45:51 AM PDT by butterdezillion (.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Directions for this LUNACY.

1) Open Lid

2) Insert Millions of tax payers dollars

3) Flush


5 posted on 10/01/2010 9:48:03 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Why don’t the cities tell the feds to f*** off. Where do they get the authority to tell cities to change their lettering?


6 posted on 10/01/2010 9:48:19 AM PDT by calex59
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To: butterdezillion
Or Spanish and then English. If there's no word in Spanish for that street well then that's just tough for the city.
7 posted on 10/01/2010 9:51:16 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Mobile Vulgus

“The federal government REALLY needs to be gutted.”

Absolutely. Get the Fed back to the purpose it was designed to be.

The Left is comprised of people that don’t get it. They don’t understand self government. They don’t understand any government that doesn’t subjugate, and rule. They only understand Dictator’s, Monarch’s, and Mother giving them milk and cookies, and changing their diapers period.

To gut government, and get it back to what we need it to be we have to get the damned Left, be they the radical DemocRATS, or RINO’s the “H” out, and keep them out of our government, be they elected, or be they lifer Bureaucrats period.


8 posted on 10/01/2010 9:53:20 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Why not just change the sign from PERRY to بيرّي (Perry - in Arabic)? Actually says Berry since no P in Arabic, only Farsi.

Then the Muslims at the Park 51 Mosque and the cab drivers will have no trouble at all reading the signs.

9 posted on 10/01/2010 9:59:32 AM PDT by Azeem (The world will look up and shout "Save us!"... And I'll whisper "No.")
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To: Mobile Vulgus

The next Republican president desperately needs to put people in charge of these agencies whose job is to 1) repeal tens of thousands of stupid, wealth stealing, job choking regulations, and 2) fire everyone in them and shut them down.


10 posted on 10/01/2010 10:07:55 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I’m assuming it will be stimulus $$$$ and they can then brag about the jobs they’ve created to repaint signs. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of the Federal Highway Administration!


11 posted on 10/01/2010 10:10:17 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Why just street signs? Pavement design changes periodically too? Why not make them rip entire roads up to change out the base course? Or from one of the Marshall mixes to superpave when that change took place several years ago?

Or hey, we could use the current item until it needs repair/replacement and then use the new design. But that will change probably 3 times during the lifetime of the original project and there’s lots of time and money to waste.


12 posted on 10/01/2010 10:14:56 AM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Now THAT's good government!
13 posted on 10/01/2010 10:15:12 AM PDT by Mr. K (GO! PALADINO FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Feds Making NY City Spend $27M to Change Lettering on Obummer`s Birth Certificate


14 posted on 10/01/2010 10:28:38 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Feds Making NY City Spend $27M to Change Lettering on Obummer`s Birth Certificate


15 posted on 10/01/2010 10:28:46 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: butterdezillion

“Hey, at least they’re not making them put the signs in Braille.”

THAT is next. Lol.


16 posted on 10/01/2010 10:31:33 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

So the companies that make these signs - big Obama donors?


17 posted on 10/01/2010 10:33:12 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: Mobile Vulgus

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways. The MUTSET was first published in 1967 to stop things like NY using yellow stop signs. It is like the model traffic code in that the states have input. This is not someone having a brain storm at the DOT..


18 posted on 10/01/2010 10:39:38 AM PDT by Domangart
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To: Azeem

“How would you like to wake up one morning and find all the street signs in Mongolian? Can you read Mongolian? I can’t read Mongolian. Only Mongolians can read Mongolian” - John Belushi


19 posted on 10/01/2010 10:44:41 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers - AL West Champions)
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To: fruser1

This is about as brilliant as “Cash FOR clUNkers”.


20 posted on 10/01/2010 10:59:45 AM PDT by donhunt (No animals were harmed in the making of this message... yet.)
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To: Domangart

Who publishes the MUTSET? Washington? Or some professional body with too much time on its hands and no responsibility for outcomes?


21 posted on 10/01/2010 11:06:23 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“The next Republican president desperately needs to put people in charge of these agencies whose job is to 1) repeal tens of thousands of stupid, wealth stealing, job choking regulations, and 2) fire everyone in them and shut them down.”

Oh, I’m pretty sure Republicans contributed to the mess in the first place.


22 posted on 10/01/2010 11:06:26 AM PDT by smart.muffin (just a simple gal from Texas, BUT not so simple as to be a liberal!)
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To: Domangart

Except that this move was NOT approved by the cities. Many states objected to this change yet the feds are forcing it anyway.


23 posted on 10/01/2010 11:16:35 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: smart.muffin

Of course they are.


24 posted on 10/01/2010 11:18:05 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Pecos

The DOT publishes it after a majority of the states approve it. Street signs don’t last that long. It won’t cost that much.


25 posted on 10/01/2010 12:32:02 PM PDT by Domangart
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To: Mobile Vulgus

No city has ever approved anything.


26 posted on 10/01/2010 12:34:34 PM PDT by Domangart
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To: Mobile Vulgus

It is high time that we terminated the cruds that waste $killions on stupid things like this - I can hardly read the signs in upper case, let alone lower - what the hell are these jerks doing?


27 posted on 10/01/2010 4:27:03 PM PDT by GregoryFul
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To: GregoryFul

It is just fiat government control. I agree we need to d eliminate federal powers.


28 posted on 10/01/2010 4:47:34 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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