Signs with street names returned to subdivisions
Signs removed by Grand County Road & Bridge will be re-posted in Winter Park Ranch, Winter Park Highlands, and Sunset Ridge, according to county officials.Street signs with descriptive names like “Lions Lane” were recently removed, leaving only the numeric County Road signs consistent with the Road & Bridge standard. But last week, the Grand County commissioners determined the street names could stay, as long as they were posted below a numeric Country Road sign and met standards. “The board recognized people have a feeling of ownership for the street names in their neighborhoods,” explained County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran. Over the years, developers sometimes gave roads descriptive names in addition to the numeric County Road address. This can result in streets in different locations with the same name.For example, County Road 85 and 856 were both called Lions Lane. Since emergency responders use the numeric system to locate addresses, the county hoped to eliminate confusion by removing named signs.Adding to the problem, many descriptive names are similar. For example, 22 roads in Grand County start with the word “elk.”With the early warm weather, Road & Bridge has started routine sign maintenance. Crews are replacing signs according to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which sets a national standard and promotes uniformity throughout the United States. Alan Green, Road & Bridge Safety and Materials Coordinator, says workers will be returning named signs that were removed from the subdivisions, and will replace any signs not in compliance with ones meeting the current standard.Signs must have a minimum level of reflectivity with standard-sized white letters on green background. Posts must meet crash safety standards and height requirements. Noncompliant signs in the right of way must be removed.Homeowners associations of four more subdivisions have received notice letters that sign work will begin in April or soon after. The county will pay for and install new posts and numeric signs and remove noncompliant named signs.Going forward, the commissioners determined if homeowners associations want named signs re-posted, the HOA must pay for the signs and future maintenance. Noncompliant wooden signs may be placed outside the right of way at the cost of the HOA.Overall, the county hopes to aid first-responders and eliminate confusion.”We are making the signs compliant with county and federal standards so we can do everything possible to help emergency responders quickly respond to incidents,” Green says. “The commissioners also understand people have an attachment to the descriptive name of their street, and came up with a compromise that allows the street names to stay.”
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