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Friday, 12 August 2011 19:35

By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican


Because of a federal law, many rural road signs in Chase County, as well as others in Nebraska, are being replaced or added.

“The High Risk Rural Road Committee has determined that it is desirable to erect signage warning motorists on county roads of horizontal curves in the State of Nebraska,” the resolution signed by Chase County Commissioners reads.

The resolution calls for installing appropriate horizontal curve warning signage, replacing damaged signage, and installing signage in accordance with the applicable sections of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

The federal program calls for reflectibility in signs, according to Billie Muehlenkamp of the Chase County Roads Department. “They have to be so long and everybody has to conform,” she explained of the Hazard Elimination Program.

The State of Nebraska had to purchase the new signs and posts. Chase County ordered 912 signs and around 500 posts, Muehlenkamp said.

The signs mainly warn motorists of curves on rural roads. Muehlenkamp said some stop signs are also being replaced.

The estimated cost to the county is $0, according to the resolution. Dora Harris was hired as a sign technician to replace posts and signs. In the past, most signs were supported by wood posts. These are being replaced by steel posts with anchors.

Harris actually was already a county employee, hired in June of 2008 to mow, according to Clerk Debbie Clark. She was moved to full time permanent status in January of 2009.

Commissioner Jodi Thompson said that once the signs are installed, Harris will be working for the county as a motor grader, mower and truck driver.

The signs must be maintained as a part of the federal law, Thompson noted.

Muehlenkamp said that in the future, road signs signifying avenue or road numbers will also have to be replaced, as they need to be bigger.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 August 2011 19:36