The Village of Lincolnwood recently began collecting a village wide
sign inventory. This inventory looks at satisfying a federal mandate
requiring communities to establish and implement a sign inventory by
January 2012. Using the Village’s Geographic Information System (GIS)
software installed on a Toughbook laptop, Public Works employees have
been able to collect 75% of the Village’s signs in less than one month
while only working on this project part time. Advances in software have
allowed the Village to “check out” software that could not be used in a
disconnected environment in the past. Additionally, only a couple hours
of training and map setup were required for this project. The Village
is collecting data including sign location, type, size, condition,
visibility and much more.
More information about the federal requirements can be found through the Federal Highway Administration’s website.