FHWA: Highway Signs to Get Brighter, Safer

In a continued effort to reduce roadway fatalities, Federal Highway Administrator J. Richard Capka yesterday announced a new rule to make signs more visible. The new rule, issued this week, requires states to use higher performing reflective materials on all highway signs and also requires public agencies to adopt sign maintenance methods to ensure highway signs can be read from greater distances.

"The new standards will make highway signs as visible as possible to drivers in low-light conditions," Capka said. "The holidays are meant to be merry and bright, and now highways will be safer and brighter."

The new requirements are included in the 2nd Edition of the 2003 Manual of Traffic Control Devices. For more information on the new requirements, please see www.fhwa.dot.gov/retro.

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