Miller Municipal Supply

New Road Sign Regulations Ahead

Gary Wetzel From Miller Municipal Division
Quoted In Reading Eagle

Gary Wetzel from Miller Municipal Supply was quoted in the Reading Eagle's February 22nd front page article entitled "Regulations Require Municipalities to Replace Traffic Signs."

The article refers to the Federal Highway Administration's new regulations to make road signs more visible partly because all of the baby boomers are getting older and can't see as well as they once did. The regulations require signs to be more reflective and easier to read at night. This will be accomplished by using larger upper and lowercase letters. Gary held a seminar in 2005 concerning the new regulations and the reporter called Gary to receive a quote for her article.

The following is from the Reading Eagle article written by Erin Negley:

Municipalities have known about the new rules for several years. Miller Municipal Supply, which is part of E.J. Breneman, West Lawn, held a seminar in 2005 to explain the regulations. The company manufactures signs for a six-county area, including the majority of Berks municipalities.

The lifespan of the old "engineer-grade" reflective signs is seven years, so many existing signs are due to be replaced," said Gary Wetzel, the company's division manager. "Even so, many communities don't have extra money to replace hundreds of signs."

"It's going to probably impact the townships, the municipalities pretty hard," he said. Miller Municipal Supply has offered to resurface current signs with the new reflective material, and some municipalities have done that to save money.

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