County working to replace road signs

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The county’s roadways are in the process of getting a makeover in the form of new warning and regulatory signs.

County Engineer Darren Capps said the county has been awarded two grants totaling $80,000 in federal funds for the project. There is a 20 percent match required, he said.

“This money is to put all new warning signs and stop signs on the county’s roads,” he said. “Speed limit signs and bridge weight limit signs aren’t included.

“It’s a big undertaking,” he said of the project. “There are a lot of those type signs in the county.”

Regulatory signs describe those that are used to indicate or reinforce traffic laws, regulations or requirements which apply either at all times or at specified times or places upon a street or highway, the disregard of which may constitute a violation, or signs in general that regulate public behavior in places open to the public. Warning signs tell drivers of upcoming conditions like steep inclines, stop signs that may not be visible from a distance or sharp curves. Examples include stop signs, yield signs and intersection ahead signs.

Capps said crews began working on the project’s first phase several weeks ago, placing new signs in the northeast and northern central part of the county.

“Right now, we’re finalizing the plans for the rest of the county,” he said. “This second round of funding will let us finish the northern part of the county and move on to the southwest and south central portions. There will be some portion on the east side of the county that we’ll have to finish on our own.”

On Tuesday morning, crews were working in the Rose Hill area, he said.

Capps said he is unsure how many new signs will be replaced or how long the installation will take.

In other business, the commission:

• approved an off-premise retail beer license for Cenergy Oil and Gas LLC, located on U.S. Hwy. 29 North in the old Marlin Bass service station;

• signed the annual agreement with Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission for the Senior Trainee program;

• revised the Covington Area Transit System’s drug and alcohol policy to reflect personnel changes;

• awarded a bid for asphalt milling to C&H Contracting.