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Illuminated street signs considered

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009

Street signs in parts of Evans Town Center soon might get a little brighter.

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Columbia County officials are considering spending about $18,000 to buy nine illuminated streets signs -- four at Ronald Reagan Drive and Evans Town Center Boulevard, three at Ronald Reagan Drive and Washington Road, and two at Evans Town Center Boulevard and North Belair Road.

"It's a very attractive street-lighting concept," county commission Chairman Ron Cross said at a recent Public Works Services Committee meeting of the illuminated street signs he first noticed on a recent trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"I think they're very attractive," said Commissioner Charles Allen, the chairman of the public works committee, after the meeting. "They're also a lot easier to see for old guys like me."

The street signs are lighted using LED technology and have a life span ranging from five to 10 years, officials said.

The commission will further consider the signs at the April 28 Public Works Services Committee meeting and possibly vote to buy them during a commission meeting in May, county Traffic Engineer Glen Bollinger said.

"It'll be summertime before we're putting them up, probably," he said.

Considered a capital improvement, the illuminated signs would be paid for with sales tax funds, said county Construction and Maintenance Services Director Scott Herring.



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