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: Yep, fairly trivial to paint about a billion street signs.

: Bill H.

If you are going to put up a billion street signs in the next 40 years--which seems a bit high, but let's go with that figure for now--you have got to paint SOMETHING on them. Why not make the message in both systems?

Divide your billion by 50 states. 20 million each. over 40 years that's 500,000 a year. There are at least 100 municipal units per state (counties, cities, townships). Doing 20 signs a day would be all it takes to make that number. But I can tell you that it is rare to do 20 signs a day in most towns. And a lot of places buy their speeed limit signs premade. They just have to install them. If the guy printing the signs adds a line or two it is not a big deal.

A year ago Ohio and Illinois raised the speed limit for large trucks on their interstate highways. They had to post hundreds of new signs. It is a shame that they didn't put the new speed limit in miles and kilometers per hour.

A while ago someone got the notion that changing to metric meant pulling down all the existing signs right now and doing an overnight conversion. It was pointed out that such a conversion process would be incredibly expensive. It never flew. But just doing one sign at a time, and only worrying about NEW signs would get a simple, cheap and progressive change without any great inconvenience. The added paint per sign is trivial.

What is the average life of one of those street signs now? When we replace it why not put up a current message?

Running out of soap here. Time to change to another soapbox.

PGJ

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