The Local Highway Technical Assistance Council recently awarded the City of Ashton a $200,000 grant to replace the city’s aging street signs.
“Stop signs, yield signs and all of those kinds of things —They’ll update them to the new ‘reflectivity.’ It just means they are sparkly,” said Ashton City Clerk Cathy Stegelmeier.
Stegelmeier reported that many of the city’s signs aren’t at the required height or standard.
“This will bring everything up to where it needs to be. It’s going to be good,” she said.
The grant will replace 169 signs, said Keller and Associates Project Engineer Jaden Jackson.
“It will bring the signs up to standard,” he said.
Jackson noted that some of the signs aren’t high enough while others are too far from the side of the road.
“It’s just to make sure they’re at the right height distance — so they’re visible to all drivers. In certain cases, someone getting ready to cross the street would block the stop sign,” he said. “A parked car or anything could block the view of the sign. That’s the reason to get them to code — so they’re visible and in the place where they need to be.”
About two years ago, the city did a transportation study that included signage in the city.
“We measured all of the heights of the signs, and where they were placed near the road. That determined which ones needed replaced,” Jackson said.
Plans call to bid the signage project next spring. It could take anywhere from two weeks to two months to complete the endeavor.
“It depends on the contractor and how many people they have out working,” Jackson said.
The new signage will make traveling more secure for all residents and visitors to Ashton, he said.
“It will increase safety for everybody — safety for drivers and pedestrians, so all the yield and stop signs are visible,” he said.
The city council meets at 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 9, at city hall located at 714 Main Street. For more information call 208-652-3987.