Sign inventory mandates

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A sign inventory allows for the quick identification of signs for
replacement based on criteria such as age and condition or high
vandalism areas. It can be used to manage personnel and maximize
productivity if combined with work orders and maintenance activities as
well as provide for supplemental information in map products as was done
recently in a pedestrian safety assessment near Ames Elementary School
in Riverside.

Presently the Riverside sign inventory consists only of traffic
control signs including stop signs, yield signs, one way signs and the
like. The system Geographic Information System (GIS) is setup, however,
to include any kind of sign such as parking restriction signs and road
name signs as well. Inclusion of these additional signs would create a
more complete inventory.

Each sign is additionally provided a relationship to the post or
structure that supports it. That way multiple signs can be added to
existing support structures and if a support structure is damaged or
missing the inventory will provide the information to identify what
signs were on that structure. Potential lies in the fact that other
infrastructure may be related to a post as well. For example a street
light post may not only support the street light, but also signs.

Recently the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) revised the Manual
on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standards to promote
increased safety on the nation’s streets and highways. As of January 22,
2008 there is a minimum sign retroreflectivity mandate meant to improve
the visibility of traffic signs at night. Due to these changes state
and local entities will be required over time to assess their signage,
develop a replacement plan, replace non-conforming warning and
regulatory signs, and eventually replace street name signs. Aware of
these new regulations the GIS inventory can be utilized to prepare for
and manage these phases of sign improvements.

Sign inventory mandates

Blog_Sign_inventory_mandates.jpg

A sign inventory allows for the quick identification of signs for
replacement based on criteria such as age and condition or high
vandalism areas. It can be used to manage personnel and maximize
productivity if combined with work orders and maintenance activities as
well as provide for supplemental information in map products as was done
recently in a pedestrian safety assessment near Ames Elementary School
in Riverside.

Presently the Riverside sign inventory consists only of traffic
control signs including stop signs, yield signs, one way signs and the
like. The system Geographic Information System (GIS) is setup, however,
to include any kind of sign such as parking restriction signs and road
name signs as well. Inclusion of these additional signs would create a
more complete inventory.

Each sign is additionally provided a relationship to the post or
structure that supports it. That way multiple signs can be added to
existing support structures and if a support structure is damaged or
missing the inventory will provide the information to identify what
signs were on that structure. Potential lies in the fact that other
infrastructure may be related to a post as well. For example a street
light post may not only support the street light, but also signs.

Recently the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) revised the Manual
on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standards to promote
increased safety on the nation’s streets and highways. As of January 22,
2008 there is a minimum sign retroreflectivity mandate meant to improve
the visibility of traffic signs at night. Due to these changes state
and local entities will be required over time to assess their signage,
develop a replacement plan, replace non-conforming warning and
regulatory signs, and eventually replace street name signs. Aware of
these new regulations the GIS inventory can be utilized to prepare for
and manage these phases of sign improvements.