WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette street signs are going to look bigger and bolder starting in a few weeks. The Street Department is replacing all 943 signs in the city with ones with larger lettering and more reflective material. The project is expected to span over the next five-years.
“Manual on Uniform Traffic Control, basically the governing body of our street signs, all regulatory signs changed the minimum letter size on street blades,” said West Lafayette Street Commissioner Ben Anderson.
The law requires sign letters to be at least six inches in height, the size of the city's current sign letters are around four-inches. In addition to adding a much brighter reflective material, the signs are also graffiti-proof.
For Anderson, the best part of all of this is that they're able to make the signs in-house.
“We've had the machine for a little over a year now and it's been extremely beneficial,” said Anderson.
The city has invested in nearly $40,000 worth of sign-printing equipment.
“Theft and knockdowns, traffic accidents, those kinds of things that occur and the ability to be able to print a sign on-demand versus having to place an order and wait six weeks to get it has improved our response time,” said Anderson.
Anderson said it's also more cost-effective.
“When you place an order for street blade signs, it’s all custom, it's about $70 to buy a custom street blade, dual-sided,” said Anderson. “We can make it for about $35.”
The new size of the signs has allowed city leaders to launch their new initiative in encouraging community pride. Next to the lettering on the sign is a logo representing the neighborhood the sign is in.
“It's a great opportunity now that every city has to update their street signage that we can actually put those emblems on to the street signs,” said Bryce Patz, with the West Lafayette neighborhood vitality.
The goal is for residents to partner with the city to create a design for their neighborhood.
“We're made of students, we're made of different backgrounds, nationalities so bringing all that background, all that diversity and coming up together an image that represents where you live, that takes pride that takes an initiative,” said Patz.
Seven of more than twenty neighborhoods have already created emblems for the new signs. If you’re interested in creating a logo for your neighborhood you can call the city of West Lafayette at 765-775-5160.
Replacing all the street signs in the city is expected to take five years.