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New signs catch eyes of drivers
One of the safety signs that comply to Federal reflectivity regulations and use a national standard for signage on Center Road in Lyndeborough was recently installed. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS)
“The sign is not for the people who have been driving that road for 50 years, it’s for the new driver who has never been to this area before to alert them to dangers,” DOT Highway Design Project Manager Ron Grandmaison said.
Grandmaison said the DOT made its selection after reviewing state-maintained rural roads in its database.
Milford Department of Public Works Director Rick Riendeau said the improved signage meets the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devises (MUTCD) guidelines and reflectivity standards.
The bright yellow reflective signs increase visibility, improve advance warning on curves by the use of arrows called chevrons.
He said the new reflectivity standards increase the signs’ visibility and may mean fewer signs will be needed.
“We are trying to get the info out to be consistent across the state and also across the country for a national standard,” Grandmaison said.
“I noticed a difference on vehicle speeds on Center Road because they put the sharp curve signs and reduced the speeds to 25 mph on curves so it gets people to slow down when they know it’s a curve, especially at night,” Deware said. “I’ve noticed myself even slow down because there is that visual stimulus there.”
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