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July 17, 2008 12:00 AM
MoDOT's Sign Shop Makes Roads Safer One Sign at a Time

JEFFERSON CITY - Imagine driving on a highway without any road signs.  Without continually looking at a road map you would have no idea where you were or how to get where you wanted to be.  That would make travel chaotic and unsafe.

Signs, of course, do not just magically appear on highways.  The Missouri Department of Transportation is responsible for making and installing the signs you see on state highways.  A variety of signs line our states roadways.  In addition to directional signs, you can also find scenic byway, Adopt-A-Highway, welcome to Missouri, food and lodging, historical marker and state park signs, to name a few.

Here are some interesting facts about MoDOT's signs:

·   MoDOT first began making signs in 1920.

·   MoDOT produces about 130,000 signs per year.

·   Signs last about 10 to 12 years.

·   The largest sign ever produced was 36 feet wide and 16 feet tall.

·    MoDOT saves more than $1 million annually by recycling signs.

"What makes MoDOT unique is that we build highway signs for the entire state at one central location," MoDOT Sign Shop Superintendent Terry Baker said.  "A lot of states put several shops across the state and contract for their large signs.  We also try to use as much reclaimed material as possible to reduce costs, as well as take care of our environment."

"If we get old signs in a timely manner, we can make about 70 percent of our signs on reclaimed material, which is approximately 70 percent cheaper compared to new aluminum," said MoDOT Sign and Marking Engineer Tom Honich.  "Plus delivery of reclaimed material is approximately 75 percent faster than ordering new."

MoDOT also produces signs for agencies such as the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Natural Resources.
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