Friday, February 28, 2014

Where Do Old Highway Signs Go?

We've all seen them- battered highway signs that have been hit by cars, battered by weather, tagged
by graffiti artists and sometimes even shot by vandals. Or they're just outdated and need to be replaced. So what happens to old highway signs when they're taken down?

Well in Washington, they get recycled. The state has a highway sign recycling program that's reused 529,300 aluminum signs!

The Washington State Department of Transportation blog has some more amazing numbers on the sheer number of signs in the state and how much money that saves us.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.