DOT scraps sign mandates

| Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation has dropped its requirement that states replace their street and highway signs according to a schedule. Instead, the DOT will let them replace the signs as they wear out.

Scores of cash-strapped cities and states had complained about the expense of the original mandate.

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood says the change is “just plain common sense.”

Besides not having to replace most signs, the states will also not have to improve the reflectivity of their signs or use larger lettering.

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