Honey They've Shrunk The Signs

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Midamerica Referral Network
Thought I was seeing things recently when I pulled up to a local stop in Shell Knob, MO and the actual "STOP" sign looked smaller!

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We know the recession and subsequent belt-tightening has affected all aspects of spending,  including state and county road departments, with tax dollars getting scarce. The transportation department, Mo-Dot in Missouri, I found  has the authority to decide what size sign a corner warrants.

On lesser driven roads, which we have many of in the Ozarks, they can place a "low volumn" road sign!  The signs may be 24", 30" or 36" wide.

Remember when you were a teen and it was cool to 'liberate' a road sign to decorate the wall of your bedroom?  The current trend  here in the Ozarks  is to use roadsigns for target practice - both  shotgun and paintball .  The MODOT (Missouri Department of Transportation) estimates that it costs approximately $300 to replace one of those signs.  It is not as easy as washing the paint off the sign, because in the process it removes the reflective material to assist night drivers.

As a result of cost savings, we can expect to see more of these smaller signs.


Call Joan for all your Shell Knob & Tablerock Real Estate Needs 417-846-7128
Tri-Lakes Realtors  417-858-3344

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Rainmaker
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I know a guy who took a stop sign back in HS and a out of town family, grandmother, mother and 3 little kids died.  If you ever see one missing please make sure nobody runs it and call the police right away.  You may save a life.

Nov 02, 2009 12:11 PM #1
Rainmaker
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I know a guy who took a stop sign back in HS and a out of town family, grandmother, mother and 3 little kids died.  If you ever see one missing please make sure nobody runs it and call the police right away.  You may save a life.

Nov 02, 2009 12:11 PM #2
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Bonnie Vaughan
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I like the stop signs that are obscured by tree limbs and overgrowth. No matter how big they are you can't see them.

Larry is correct,if you do see a missing sign report it.  If a sign is too small complain about it anyway.

Nov 02, 2009 12:47 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO

Gosh Larry - wouldn't that be a terrible thing to have to live with the rest of your life?

Nov 02, 2009 04:35 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Michael Bergin
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Joan - Funny pictures.  And how did you know about that stop sign I took in high school?

Nov 11, 2009 11:57 AM #5
Rainer
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Mark Lebkuchner / Home Loan Specialist
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Whoa!  I can't ever remember ever noticing this! 

Nov 14, 2009 02:03 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO

Mike:  Big Brother is watching you!

Nov 14, 2009 07:03 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Joan Snodgrass
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Mark:

 

Budget crunches are everywhere - but didn't realize they meant 'crunch' so literally.

Nov 14, 2009 07:05 AM #8
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I though stop sign size was regulated by the federal government and not the states. I thought all stop signs had to look exactly the same size and shape in all 50 states.

Dec 24, 2009 06:21 PM #9
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Joan Snodgrass
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Todd:  No - guess not.  The State Highway Department has the authority here in Missouri.  Shape and color are the same most everywhere for easy driver recognition. 

Say do you know the owners of the True Value Hardware in Beaverton?

Dec 25, 2009 03:31 AM #10
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