For Immediate Release January 13, 2012
Staff Contact: Bill Powell, PWNR,
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Street Signs Get Tested for Reflectivity
JANUARY 13, 2012 - Beginning on Monday, January 16, city crews will begin working during evening hours in order to assess street and traffic signs for reflectivity. This work will be done between the hours midnight and 6:00 am. This work is required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
The standards for the reflectivity have recently been updated by the FHWA. The changes to the updates are phased in over time in order to allow agencies to better respond to the changes. This year there will be an assessment of all regulatory signs in the city. There are approximately 6,000 signs in this category. The testing of the signs is expected to run through mid-March.
The testing is conducted at night to effectively judge reflectivity when the sign is illuminated by vehicle lights. Any signs that do not pass the reflectivity test or are damaged will be replaced. Traffic and street signs on private property which are found to be obstructed by tree branches or shrubs will require notification of the property owner who will then be responsible to remove the obstruction, or authorize the City to perform the work.
This type of testing will become an annual event in order to stay current with best maintenance practices and remain in compliance with FHWA regulations. Additional assessments will re-test regulatory and warning signs and will provide an initial assessment of informational signs (white lettering on green signs).