Alpena Road Commission Continues Sign Replacement Effort
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:07:07 EST
Alpena County Road Commission officials are once again continuing an effort with Alpena County to replace road name sign on Alpena County roads.
The Alpena County Board of Commissioners typically allow up to 2-thousand dollars ($2,000.00) a year for the effort. Money comes from voter approved millage of the Alpena County Ambulance fund.
It makes it easier to comply with mandates from the Federal Department of Transportation imposed over eight years ago. Road name signs on a road or street with a speed limit of over 25 miles per hour or more must have lettering six inch lettering, and increased reflectivity to enhance safety.
Municipalities had around ten years to complete replacement requirements. Ambulance funds are used in part, since bigger and better signs help emergency service agencies easily locate areas where they are needed.
Road Commission Managing Director Larry Orcutt said that since the program started, 80 to about 90 percent of road signs have been replaced in the county. Priority is given to more traveled roads, or those signs that have been damaged and stolen.