Pay attention to street signs as you drive around town, and it won’t take you long to notice some of them are in rough shape. The signs are peeling, and in a number of cases, street names are no longer discernible. Many of you have been wondering why they haven’t been replaced. I sat down with DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan last week to find out.
The town moved to the current maroon signs sometime around 2001, Galligan told me, but the material used to create the maroon background has not held up well. In particular, south-facing signs have peeled and chipped.
The signs are no longer under warranty from the manufacturer, but turns out that might be a moot point since due to new state regulations, the town will likely have to replace all its street signs in the near future.
Galligan said the state is close to adopting a new standard for street signs, and maroon is no longer an approved background color. The new standard also calls for using uppercase and lowercase letters for improved readability instead of our current all-uppercase lettering.
The DPW has been keeping a list of signs that are in particularly bad shape and will replace those ones first. Galligan said they will likely start replacing signs with the new standard this spring, with the work continuing as budgets allow over the next few years.
But before the DPW can start replacing signs, Galligan said she needs to pick a new sign color. The state-approved options are green, blue, brown, or white. Too bad flamingo pink didn’t make the list.