The countdown continues for the I Love NY signs seen across the state.
The Federal Highway Administration and the New York Department of Transportation have said for months they are in discussions about what to do before a September 30th deadline.
Federal officials have said for months these signs are too distracting and need to come down or be changed. So, how much work would that take? Has the state already run out of time?
“It’s amazing, you don’t realize how much work and effort goes into a sign until you actually come here and do it,” Foreman Robert Sammons said.
It’s a two man show in the Town of Colonie sign shop.
Sammons says it’s more complicated than you think.
“For an average sign, it’s about 10 or 15 minutes. For the more intricate ones, it takes almost an hour.”
First, they print the lettering from a computer program then start to layer the sign materials on an aluminum blank.
“Once we put the black on it will show up just as bright at night as it would during the day.”
There are several state and federal guidelines to be followed when creating the signs and when putting them up on the roads.
“There’s just a whole bunch of rules that you really have to think about before you go and slap a sign up and say yeah this is a good spot you just can’t do that.”
That’s because if there’s an accident involving the signs, it comes back on these guys.
“Was that sign in the right place? Was it visible?”
Even though Colonie doesn’t make or put up the controversial I Love NY signs, Sammons has an idea of how much work would go into replacing or taking down hundreds of them.
“It sounds like a big job. I’m not sure exactly the cost involved but I would think that would be a big job to do.”
Sammons doesn’t think if he were hypothetically tasked with the project to be able to take them all down in time to meet the deadline.
“There’s no way we could do that.”
More than 500 signs across New York need to come down in just 10 days or the state could lose $14 million in fines to the feds.
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