Higgins Applauds News That DOT Will Scrap New Street Sign Requirements

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2011 at 11:29 AM EDT

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Higgins Applauds News That DOT Will Scrap New Street Sign Requirements

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2011 at 11:29 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- New York Congressman Brian Higgins on Tuesday welcomed news that the Administration plans to lift mandates previously issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation which would have required local municipalities to pay for costly changes to street and traffic signs.

“We are thrilled to see common sense prevail and a huge financial burden lifted from the backs of local municipalities and taxpayers,” said Higgins, who previously served on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “At a time when local transportation budgets are stretched especially thin, these ill-conceived requirements would have diverted precious resources from other infrastructure projects more central to job creation and economic development,”

The USDOT provides a guidance called the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or MUTCD to define the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public traffic. Some have questioned some of the deadlines and new rules related to street sign lettering and reflectivity.

Congressman Higgins has been a vocal opponent of these requirements for aesthetic changes to roadway signage.