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Letter: Utah needs more useful street signs

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor
Deseret News

Street signs in Utah are both helpful and frustrating. For example, in areas where the boundary of one city ends at the very spot that another city begins, and cities are wall-to-wall, it is easy for an out-of-town driver to lose track of which city he is traveling through at a given moment, which frustrates his efforts to locate an address.

A sign that identifies an exit such as "1400 South Exit" is only helpful if you're familiar with the area, but a stranger will have no way of knowing whether that particular sign will take him into Orem or into a bordering city along the way. For me, this is an ongoing problem. But let me suggest a simple solution. Print a few permanent stickers that read "Orem" in letters that are 3 or 4 inches tall (for example) and glue them into an empty space on every existing sign within the city that identifies a street or exit; then do the same for every city in Utah. Existing signs need not be replaced, so solving the problem will be relatively inexpensive. I urge UDOT to recognize this problem and do something about it.

Robert Fitt