Skip to comments.New Yorkers outraged as bureaucrats order city to change lettering on every single street sign
Posted on 09/30/2010 8:00:45 AM PDT by Qbert
The city will change the lettering on every single street sign - at an estimated cost of about $27.5 million - because the feds don't like the font.
Street names will change from all capital letters to a combination of upper and lower case on roads across the country thanks to the pricey federal regulation, officials said Wednesday.
By 2018, MADISON AVE. will become Madison Ave. and will be printed in a font called Clearview, the city Department of Transportation says.
The Federal Highway Administration says the switch will improve safety because drivers identify the words more quickly when they're displayed that way - and can sooner return their eyes to the road.
Still, several city residents were OUTRAGED.
"That's ridiculous," said James Sullivan, 34, a bike messenger from Queens. "They might as well just burn the damn money."
The city has about 250,000 signs, and it costs about $110 to replace one, the DOT says. Officials said the new signs will have improved reflectivity and clarity for nighttime drivers.
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what does the federal government have to do with municipal street signs?
The 864 page Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways will tell you all about the new federal regulations for signs. You can download the 27.18MB version from the Federal Highway Administration. Our government does things that would embarass the most hard-core communist bureaucrat.
how many will be renamed? see Victory Mosque Way.
These are goofy things that I doubt could ever stand up to a cost/benefit analysis. Though a mix of upper and lower case letters is generally considered to be more readable, it is unlikely that there are a substantial amount of accident reports that cite “inattentiveness due to signage lettering case confusion” as contributing factors. NYC doesn’t have the money. And even if it did, this would be a ridiculous thing on which to waste it.
Font and capitalization does greatly impact readability, especially something that needs to be read quickly as you’re driving by. In general, all-caps sucks. However, why is this such a priority in a time of budget constraints?
What did the old sign say? I couldn’t read it.
Love to know who’s brother-in-law...or SEIU connected business nailed that contract!!!
“I guess they had to find jobs for all of those Census workers.”
I wouldn’t doubt that there is a connection between this and the so-called ‘dip in unemployment claims’ recently...
An order coming to a city near you?
And the drumbeat of the coming revolution grows stronger...
Government creates more problems than it ever fixes.
Our city has been told BY THE EPA that by Oct. 15th. we can no longer use the landfill to dump shrubs, leaves, grass clippings and limbs. The only problem is there is NO WHERE ELSE to dump them. We can dump garbage there but no yard debrea. How dumb is that?! It’s all garbage!
For example, that would be E CCI St.
Its everywhere by federal fiat.
Most of the cabbies in NY can’t read English anyway...
Yeah, not gonna happen.
“which company is going to make the new signs? Always follow the money...”
Acorn and La Raza.