New York Plans for 250,000+ Street Sign Redesigns

Starting off a bit light this morning, just to ease you into the day. In what seems like a move designed by the government solely to provoke those who complain about wasteful spending and in turn get those who might see it as a good move yelling back at them, the Federal Highway Administration has announced that, per last year’s changes in their Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, they will be replacing every street sign throughout New York City, moving from upper-case to lower-case. The NY Post reports that changing each of the more than 250,000 signs, at $110/per, will “cost the state $27.6 million.” The change is being made after studies had found that drivers couldn’t read as well in all-caps as they’re able to in lower-case. While apparently the city fought the new plan, they backed down once the government agreed to give them until 2018 to get it all done. Crews have been working on the replacements since the spring, but apparently someone just recently noticed and now it’s a big to-do (well, to everyone but Mayor Bloomberg). We’re entirely grateful for the whole business, because it resulted in us finally seeing the website for the New York division of the Federal Highway Administration. If you want lens flare and a transparent Statue of Liberty just hanging out at a weird angle over Albany, here’s the site for you.