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Federal Highway Administration Proposal Would Eliminate Historic Traffic Signals in Historic Districts
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Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is proposing to eliminate the 8"- diameter traffic-signal indication in the United States by requiring a single "one-size-fits-all" traffic-signal lens size in the United States, a size that would of necessity have to be large in order to satisfy worst-case visibility/speed scenarios. If this proposal were to be adopted, it would force U. S. cities to replace, over time, their older, smaller stoplights with new oversized lights that would not be in scale with their historic districts' streetscapes and architecture. Such a change in the traffic code would thus eliminate an attractive existing option for “context-sensitive” traffic engineering in historic districts. FHWA is seeking public comment on this proposed amendment to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) through July 31.

Preservationists and Main Street activists are urged to register their opposition to the FHWA’s proposal. To learn more please visit  http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/transportation/historic-trafficsignals.html.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: Federal Highway Administration, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Posted: June 9, 2008
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