January 10


How to Remove an Unneeded Sign

By Mike Spack

January 10, 2017

Institute of Transportation Engineers Traffic Engineering Council Newsletter, neighborhoods, signs

We all see signs in neighborhoods that probably aren’t needed (should you slow down because of children or are the children slow?).

This great tip was posted by Rick Perez (City of Federal Way, Washington) in the Institute of Transportation Engineers Traffic Engineering Council Newsletter:

“Do you have “Deaf Children” or “Blind Child” signs that have been installed for many years and don’t know how to “politically” remove them? Try what the City of Federal Way, Washington does and “bag” them for a few weeks. If no one calls to complain, then remove the unneeded sign. If someone calls to complain, you can explain that you were checking on the need for the sign because it had been in place for years. Usually, no one calls.”

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