Residents: Proposed mandate "too expensive"

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 4:04pm

BAKER, LA (WGMB) - A federal proposal could change the format of street signs all over the country. It's not a quick - or cheap fix - and people in smaller towns say it could hurt them in a big way.

Right now - law requires letters on street signs to be all capital and 4 inches high. A proposed federal mandate would make the letters 6 inches - and both upper and lower case.

Federal transportation officials say with the bigger signs come safer roads. The move would cost small cities - like Baker - over $70,000. In a time when tax revenue is down and there are other areas for improvements - residents say they're not on board.

The Federal Highway Administration has to take public comments through the middle of January.

Baker's Mayor - Harold Rideau says he'll look for grants to help soften the financial blow.


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