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NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson State law mandates cities to have more-visible street signs, with 6-inch-tall letters, when they are replaced. Jeff Norton, Spring Valley street superintendent, holds up one of the new signs. Spring Valley aldermen asked if the signs, which will replace worn-out signs, could withstand windstorms. State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley), son of the late Rep. Richard Mautino, said he didn’t recall when the law went in for signs to help people find streets more easily. “As I’m moving from bifocals to trifocals I’ll probably appreciate that,” he joked when asked about the Mautino Drive sign.
Spring Valley street corners are due for a new look, as Spring Valley street department prepares to replace signs around the city.
But some public officials worry about the practicality and appearance of the new signs: At 8 inches tall, they dwarf the current street signs and those in most other municipalities throughout the area.
Further, their bright red color, with white lettering, will be eye-catching in comparison to the city’s aging, often rusting street signs.
Aldermen also worried whether the signs would be too heavy for the current poles, and whether they could withstand a windstorm: With 6-inch letters, signs for roads such as Richard A. Mautino Drive can be as long as 6 feet, street superintendent Jeff Norton said.
“Unless you rename some of your streets, we’re going to have big signs,” he said.
The city may have no choice in the matter: Norton said the signs were ordered in compliance with new state standards for legibility. In some cases, the most practical solution may be to use two poles to hold up the larger signs, Norton suggested.
Allison Ryan can be reached via (815) 220-6931.
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