New Signs For Boomer Eyes

7 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Monday, December 27 2010 Dec 27, 2010 Monday, December 27, 2010 10:49:50 AM CST December 27, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - MoDOT is updating Missouri signs to adhere to the 2010 Federal Highway Commission's newest regulations. This year, many changes are specifically targeting the Baby Boomer generation and its failing eyesight.

"As you get older, you need more light at night. And, you may not be able to see as far," said Tom Honich, a sign and marketing engineer for MoDOT. He said the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Device -- or MUTCD -- provides the federal guidelines for sign safety.

The 2010 editions includes two big changes. First, MoDot must update the retro-reflectivity on Missouri signs. This material is how drivers can see signs at night. It reflects the light from car headlights back to the driver, so the sign appears "lit up." MoDot uses prismatic sheeting, which is the newest technology on the market.

Another change is sign lettering. All guide signs are now required to have both upper and lower case lettering. Honich says tests show drivers can read this style better than all caps.

MoDOT faces a deadline for some changes. By 2018, all Missouri signs must have up to date retro-reflectivity. The sign lettering has no deadline, but every new sign replacement will meet the new requirements.

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