Waste Watch: Bike Signs in Lebanon -- Stacy Case
Updated: Wednesday, June 25 2014, 10:15 PM CDT
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One after another after another. Dozens upon dozens of the same bike sign on a short stretch of road in Wilson County.
Taxpayer Kent Liddle started counting signs and says the more he counted, the madder he got.
There are 72 in all on a 15 mile stretch of Highway 70 in Lebanon just off Interstate 40. Little wonders, "How many other areas in the state are seeing abuse of our tax dollars being wasted like this?"
We went to the Tennessee Department of Transportation to ask that very question. Heather Jensen with TDOT says, "That is a little bit in excess of what we would consider our standard for an urban route for what we consider this to be... So, we're going to take a closer look at it see if we need to remove some of those signs. and do that if that's necessary."
TDOT points out this stretch was earmarked as a regional bikeway five years ago and when it came time to do routine resurfacing, TDOT added the signs and bike lane as part of that project. Jensen says since the bike route signs were part of routine maintenance, they're unable to break out the exact cost of the bike signs. TDOT says if they determine there are too many signs on that stretch of road, they'll remove some and use them elsewhere.
Since TDOT was not able to break out the cost for us, I found federal estimates on sign prices run anywhere from $100 to $500. If we figure the cost on the low end at $100 a piece, that's $7200 not including labor and installation.
Little says, "I would think that money could be used a lot better fixing pot holes on our roads."
Jensen with TDOT appreciate Little bringing this to their attention, "He's absolutely right funding is always an issue for any department and especially the DOT. We're always in need of money, but these signs were not wasted so we want to make sure that is pointed out first and foremost."
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