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All street signs have to change... you foot the bill

Canyon City Manager Randy Criswell Canyon City Manager Randy Criswell

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Some say it's a senseless law, while the federal government says it's necessary to make local roads safer.

All cities will have to change their street signs. The street signs are in all caps... But by 2018, they'll all have to be upper and lower case, like you'd write a normal word.

For Amarillo, that means changing more than 6,000 signs... In Canyon, they'll have to replace nearly 3,000.

Canyon City Manager Randy Criswell says, "They believe that certain drivers are spending more time trying to read the all capital letter signs than they would be if there was capital followed by lower case. Can't argue with something that makes people safer, I would never argue with that, but that's kinda stretching it in my opinion." 

Every city in America, no matter how big, or how small will have to make the change. The cities will have to foot every penny of the bill... Amarillo estimates it will cost them about $150 per sign to replace.

Right now, they're replacing the signs as they get old or worn out, but in the near future, they say they'll have to do a massive overhaul of all the signs that are left.

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