If your nearest stop sign is looking a little worse for the wear, you should reach out and let your local government know. Up until recently, that sign was one of the hundreds of thousands that were set to be replaced by 2018, according to a mandate formerly on the books. Now, however, the Obama administration is getting rid of that rule so that local governments can decide if and when a sign needs to replaced.

According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and representatives from nearly all 50 states, the mandated 2018 sign swapping would've cost millions of dollars that didn't need to be spent. Local governments can better determine when a sign needs to be changed, and it makes more sense for the move to be handled this way then by a random point in the future. It also saves everyone a lot of dough.

The state of Minnesota would need to spend anywhere from $55 to $75 million to hit the 2018 deadline, for example. Delaware would fork over $60 million, while the New York City on its own would spend millions of dollars and require 12 to 16 years just to complete the project. That would put the city while behind the 2018 deadline.

The federal government heard the cries, and it's listened. 46 of the proposed deadlines have been eliminated. 12, however are remaining active because they are deemed crucial to public safety. Examples of this important intersections include railroad crossings without flashing lights and one-way signs wherever necessary.


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      Wender
      • 3 Years Ago
      wait wait, let me get this straight, so each state now can decide when a sign is old and falling apart they can then opt to replace that one sign at a tiny fraction of the cost of replacing ALL signs regardless of their condition, costing millions of dollars (potentially taking SIXTEEN YEARS!!! to replace all) and just now someone decided this is a much better idea? WOW!
        soundbargaming
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Wender
        Apparently, the government is running on an iPhone, outdated and way behind the curve. We need a WP7 or Android powered government. We wouldn't even be stopping at redlights because there would be no redlights, just a better solution.
      Timotheus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good, another example of why the Federal Government shouldn't mandate local matters.
      lazy penguin
      • 3 Years Ago
      "That would put the city while behind the 2018 deadline." AutoBlog, please learn how to use English.
      Kumar
      • 3 Years Ago
      In general, is this a Baby Boomer retrofit? Larger letters, brighter signs...it's like moving to the playing cards with the giant numbers. From the linked article: "The government is proposing to eliminate deadlines requiring that many street name signs be replaced by 2018 to meet minimum retroreflectivity standards and requiring larger lettering on those street name signs. The proposal would also eliminate deadlines for increasing the size of various traffic signs, like "Pass With Care" and "One Way" as well as warning signs like "Low Clearance" and "Advance Grade Crossing." The rules will still require new signs — but communities will be able to replace and upgrade these signs when they wear out. "
      chicagovet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who needs a mandate, because "reaching out and letting your local government know" about a busted sign ALWAYS gets a timely response.
      zackwatt
      • 3 Years Ago
      A logical decision from the Fed...no way!
      AccentPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obama Nobama, whatever. This Government is a joke and a Ponzi Scheme, and a Global laughing stock. The politicians whether it's Obama, Ron Paul, Rick Perry or whatever DONT CARE ABOUT YOU!!! They are all working for the same team of internationalist Banks who are out to rob America blind, and reduce us to peasantry working as cheap slave labor for Chinese Mega Corps who Openly plan on opening their plants in America to build things in a post currency collapse society. You people actually think they are gong to ship Chinese cars from China to sell here? No, the Chinese are waiting for our currency to collapse, and then they will come as "the saviors" with millions of new jobs opening up car plants in Michigan or whatever for joke pay, no environmental protections, no worker rights, no benefits, etc... These elitist criminals in our government and private federal reserve sneakily gave International criminal banks $20 Trillion in back room deals, and then you people want to cut aid for the poor unemployed and the college students? America is asking for a Revolt. No wonder why people are shooting out stop signs like the abvoe pic.
        SheldonRoss
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AccentPlanet
        Aside from all your other lunacies, you obviously don't know anything about Ron Paul. Bankers hate him, he's an student of Austrian economics, not Keynesian. He is an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve and is a proponent of a gold standard. Almost the polar opposite of Obama, Perry in regards to monetary policy.
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      To speak on government spending, their shouldn't be anymore spending. If we are in a trillion dollar deficit then, ANY MONEY, should be going to get us back in the black. But that will NEVER happen, due to interest(the fatal catch that was doomed to fail from the beginning). You can't have interest when you have a fixed amount of money, unless you print more which of couse makes values fall. Stupid concept and practice. Hypothetically, if we had a surplus of money it should be going to colonizing other planets or making headway in space instead of wasting it on Earthly BS. Or its should be going to figuring out what's after the automobile as we know it(4 wheels and driving along the ground). Its gotta get better than this. We should even be past the electric car at this point. Typical slow moving humans and all their red tape. Daily interplanetary travel should be the norm at this point, public transport, if not private. But, alas we're stuck on Earth with Civics costing in the upper teens and twenty's. Ridiculous.
        rllama
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        How much money could we save if we turned off the free internet service that's obviously being provided in state run mental health facilities?
          soundbargaming
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rllama
          @Redline It was an analogy speaking on how government(on topic) is behind, hence the iPhone. He was talking about cutting off internet service to mental health facilities, completely off topic. Getch $hit straight before you chime in.
          Redline
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rllama
          Haha irrelevant Autoblog posts says the iOS / Android / WP7 poster.
      Chris Timberlake
      • 3 Years Ago
      No offense but why should the Federal Government even be proposing this? This seems like something that states and local governments should be doing anyways.
        Kumar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Timberlake
        Probably the same reason that stop signs are the same in all 50 states, along with numerous other signage. While the feds only really have control over the highway system (remember the ban on texting for truckers), there is obviously some level of cooperation between the states and feds.
      flyboy573
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Fed" is the Federal Reserve Banking System "Fed" is not commonly used to abbriviate the federal government. Sorry i'm such an arse about stupid things..
        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @flyboy573
        However, "fed" IS used as an abbreviation for the federal government all the time. "Run, it's the feds!" Not talking about bankers. And it would be "Fed" when used at the beginning of a sentence. And if you're going to be "such an arse" about such "stupid things," maybe you should learn when to capitalize and how to spell.
          mathiaswegner
          • 3 Years Ago
          @emperor koku
          It changes the meaning of the headline. Ben Bernanke has nothing to do with this, but the headline suggests otherwise. DOT is the same number of letters as fed, and actually conveys the correct meaning.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please no more politics for the love of all that is sacred.
      • 3 Years Ago
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