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Finally, A System To Dramatically Reduce
The Cost And Environmental Impact
Of Sign Replacement

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Introducing: Sign Renewal System (SRS)

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The Compliance Date To Meet Retrofeclectivity Requirements Is Fast Approaching… Are You Ready?

comparison of traffic signs at nightIt is a common fact that maintaining the retro-reflectivity of roadway signage is one of the most effective means to improve overall road safety for both vehicles and pedestrians. The inability to see and read road signs at night is one of the biggest factors in nighttime fatality rates!

Nighttime road death percentages are staggering:

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) states that over 42,000 people have been killed on American roads during the last decade. While only one-quarter of all travel occurs at night, about half of the traffic fatalities occur during nighttime hours.

The FWHA estimates that up to half of the 58 million traffic signs in the U.S. are beyond their useful lifespan from a reflectivity standpoint.

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has adopted
new traffic sign retroreflectivity requirements for all road signs

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The clock is ticking … are you prepared?

Agencies have until January 2012 to establish and implement an assessment or management method. The compliance date for meeting the minimum retroreflectivity requirements on regulatory, warning and ground mounted signs is January 2015 and January 2018 for Street name signs.

speed limit signs showing wear

How Can You Significantly Lower The Cost
Of Meeting These New Requirements

The Current Sign Replacement Method

First, we need to look at the current method for replacing signs. This method is known as the “Blanket Replacement Method.” It is the simplest form of sign replacement, but is also the most expensive. And it’s really no method at all, the procedure entails replacing the entire existing structure, where the aluminum and sign face are discarded.

The Cost of this method could be enormous…the average cost per sign for the Blanket Replacement Method is about $150.00 per warning sign. If you have 5,000 signs to replace, that will cost roughly $750,000.00. The SRS way will only cost $45.00 a sign, for a total of $225,000, a 70% savings. But more about that later!

There is a better way…

Introducing:  The Sign Renewal System

A quick overview of how the system works

An existing sign consists of a sign substrate having a front and back side, and a first sign layer of sheeting material applied to the front side of the sign substrate.  During the Renewal process, a masking layer covers the first sign layer, wherein the masking layer is adapted to block light from penetrating the masking layer and reaching the first sign layer.

4 step sign renewal system

Let’s Talk Costs Again

The cost for the “Blanket Replacement Method that is currently used for sign replacement, simply replaces the entire top of the sign, at a cost for a warning sign of $150.00, which includes replacement and installation costs.  If your agency had to replace 5,000 signs, which is an average number of road sides for any given area, the cost would be $750,000.

Compare that to the SRS Cost: At a total cost of $45.00 per sign to renewing them, the total cost would be only $225,000 for all 5,000 signs.  That’s a $525,000 savings, which comes out to be about a 70% reduction in costs.  Alternatively, if you had a budgeted amount of $ 750,000, 333% more signs would be upgraded (16,667 vs. 5,000).

Let’s evaluate the performance and safety of the SRS System:

From an environmental standpoint, the amount of aluminum and post steel that is discarded each time a substandard sign is replaced is staggering. Being able to quantify the savings associated with eliminating this waste will have a tremendous impact to society.

The real dollars that will be saved by utilizing this process will allow agencies to upgrade more signs in a timely manner.

The ability to meet the FHWA mandate on minimum retroreflectivity levels in a significantly reduced time frame will result in fewer roadway departures, fewer pedestrian related incidents and will improve the safety of rural, unsignalized intersections.

Sign Renewal Example - Day

Left: Renewed Sign Face, Right: Non-Compliant Sign Face

Sign Renewal Example - Night

Left: Renewed Sign Face, Right: Non-Compliant Sign Face

SRS: A Patented System

The patented Sign Renewal System offers an alternative to the traditional method by allowing each agency to replace thousands of more signs by “saving” the existing sign structure and simply overlaying the existing panel.

If you have any questions
contact us now at:

Reed Leidle
Safety Signs
952-469-6700
reed@safetysigns-mn.com

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