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New street-sign regulations delayed

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Snow covers a street sign at the corner of Wall St. and Broad St. in New York's financial district
Snow covers a street sign at the corner of Wall St. and Broad St. in New York's financial district

UNDATED (WSAU) Local officials in Wisconsin are expressing sighs of relief, after the federal government dropped its deadlines for making communities change their signs for street names. The Federal Highway Administration gave communities until 2018 to stop using all capital letters on the signs – and to make them more reflective so older drivers could see them easier.

Yesterday the federal agency said it would drop the deadline, and the new signs can go up when the older ones wear out. Milwaukee officials and others protested the new rules. Mayor Tom Barrett said it would have cost Milwaukee $5.3-million to make new signs for all of its streets. Alderman Bob Donovan said that with all the challenges facing the city, the last thing it needed was for the federal government to quote, “dictate things like this.”

House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls had introduced a bill to kill the mandate. The measure never got out of a committee. U-S Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood said he agreed the expense was unnecessary.

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