Elburn—Elburn joins municipalities all over the nation in trying to find money to pay for a federally mandated initiative to change all street signs in favor of greater reflectivity. That means every stop sign, speed sign, warning sign and street name sign will have to be replaced to meet the new standards by 2015—at a cost to the village.
In January 2008 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) implemented new standards in sign reflectivity to promote safety on the nation’s streets and highways. Municipalities are on their own in funding this monumental change.
“We’ve spent $5,000 and have replaced 15 to 20 percent of the signs,” said John Nevenhoven, superintendent of public works. “We do a few each year, but the (Elburn) Lions have been generous in helping replace the signs.”