There's something exciting about seeing a state welcome sign when you travel. It not only means you've reached a milestone in your trip, it also tells you a little about the state's personality.
To perk up its image and enhance state tourism, Missouri is replacing its 20-year-old welcome signs with new, larger, brighter signs. The blue signs will be installed on most interstates before Memorial Day weekend, in time for the summer travel season. You can visit http://www.modot.org/ to see what they look like.
The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Division of Tourism worked together to design the new sign, which features the updated Missouri logo. The welcome signs are two feet wider and taller than the old signs.
"Many of the old signs needed to be replaced, so it seemed logical to improve them at the same time," said Don Hillis, MoDOT's director of system management.
Most of the new signs are made from recycled aluminum and will be installed on existing posts to minimize costs. Made with colored reflective sheeting, the signs will keep their appearance and night time reflectivity longer than the former signs, which were silk screen printed.
Altogether, 66 signs around the state will be replaced - 14 on interstates, 22 on U.S. routes and 29 on Missouri routes. The interstate signs will go up first and the rest will be replaced over the next 12 months.
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