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Communities Given More Time To Update Street Signs

Given the economy, the Obama Administration is giving states and counties more time to let signs wear out without posing a safety threat for commuters.

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New street signs like these ones on Bloomington's southside will have to comply with new federal "reflectivity" standards.

The Obama Administration is relaxing federal safety requirements on street and highway signs. The move was meant to toward replace thousands of road signs with bigger and brighter ones reportedly easier to read, but many localities argued limited money made the deadline difficult.

Now, given the economy, the administration is giving states and counties more time to let signs wear out without posing a safety threat for commuters. Indiana Department of Transportation Spokesman Will Wingfield says the state is still focused on funding sources to help Indiana communities come up with ways to improve the quality of signs.

“We’re still going to be vigilant from the state side to make sure that if there is any type of assistance we can provide particularly in terms of technical assistance and helping them understand these regulations then we’ll do that,” Wingfield said.

The changes were originally due to be completed by 2018. A new deadline has not been announced.

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