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Signs of change along city's streets

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Public works director Mark Clanton, left, and fire chief Ricky McConnell show off the look of new traffic control signs that are required by new federal regulations. The older signs, one of which is held by Clanton at the left side of the photo, will be replaced by larger signs, made from more reflective material, over the next year. McConnell holds up the size of signs that will be required for state highways.
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Federal regulations will require the city's public works department to install new, larger street signs around local streets and neighborhoods.

City manager Jay Johnson explained to Shelbyville's council that the Federal Highway Administration regulations require the new speed limit and turn signs, and wanted the council to be aware when residents start asking questions.

Big moves

Public works director Mark Clanton said that the new regulations require that the signs be erected in residential areas. A much larger size, which was held by fire chief Ricky McConnell, would be replacing signs on state highways, like North Main and Madison streets.

Clanton said he wanted to bring the signs before the council because of the "shock and awe" effect residents may experience when they see them for the first time.

The signs for the state roads will "be a little nightmare" for the public works department, due to the fact they will require two posts and there isn't much right-of-way to work with.

Different sizes

Clanton stated there was money in his budget to cover the expense for the signs, which must be put into place by December 2013, and he hopes to have them done by June.

The requirement goes for all signs, saying that the ones informing motorists of a reduction in the speed limit will be twice the size of the current ones, as well as directional signs.

"It's a big undertaking to switch them all over," Clanton said, adding they've just completed an inventory of all the signs in Shelbyville, which he termed as "astronomical."

He's also attempting to make the signs look more neat looking while abiding by the federal regulations.

The regulations began in 2009, Clanton explained, when the city tackled the project of replacing each sign that identified roads and streets, making them larger and more visible. Much of that has been done, and the speed limit, directional signs and other marking are the next step in the process.