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New streets signs to follow signal pole painting

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Mt. Juliet is in the process of updating metal signal poles with a protective coat of paint.

"It's a city-wide initiative," said Mt. Juliet Deputy Public Works Director Andy Barlow.

He said, in addition, they are in the process of bringing the streets signs up to the current standard for size on all the signal poles.

"We wanted to get this maintenance project completed ahead of the installation of our adaptive signal system, which is going to require quite a bit more equipment on the signal poles," he said. "Expect to see the adaptive signal equipment installed within the next month or two."

Basically, these are all the mast arm poles for traffic signals across Mt. Juliet.

There are about 90 poles to be updated. The cost is just over $92,000, Barlow said. The work comes with a three-year warranty, but Barlow said he expects the work to last much longer.

To date, more than 63 poles have been painted and work began in the Providence area, headed north. Work was just completed up to the signal at Weston Drive.

As for the signs, the regulatory size for signs mounted on signal poles is 12 inches. Original signs were 6 to 8 inches and undersized, Barlow said.

"One of the biggest goals out of this portion of the project was that we could increase driver awareness, especially for people who may be unfamiliar with the area," Barlow said "Basically, we will eventually be replacing all of the street signs on the signal mast arms."

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