In response to this incident, Alphabet Signs, a distributor of pavement stencil products, has just released a new product of School Stencil for Single Lane markings...X-ING” had been installed on the pavement with permanent textured industrial tape in July of 2010. At that time, the street was dug up to work on underground utility lines. According to Consolidated Edison, a local utility provider, a subcontractor is the person responsible for the glaring mistake.
"In the subcontractors defense," said Daniel Keane, President of Alphabet Signs, a distributor of pavement stencil products, "street stenciling is always a team effort. Other utility workers, road flaggers and supervisors were probably also on site at the blocked-off street." Keane continued, "One has to wonder who did the final inspection."
The irony of the placement of the misspelled crossing sign has been increased by the fact that it occurred on the pavement in an area with two high schools and a middle school. Some have wondered if the unfortunate location of this careless mistake and the fact that it went unreported—or at least uncorrected—for almost 18 months are reflective of a deeper issue...Uniformity is maintained through guidelines that define proper letter size, style and spacing of characters. While permanent industrial pavement tape was used on Stanton Street, it is also possible to purchase stencils that can be used as complete words or cut apart as individual letters. "The fact that there is no regulated spacing between the letters of this crossing sign is evidence that this was not a stencil-company error," said Keane. "Also, stenciling would have produced uniform misspelling in the other signs around the schools, but the Stanton Street sign has been the only misspelled one."
Individual state specifications can determine the height of the sign size, which usually ranges from 8 feet to 12 feet...In response Keane's company, Alphabet Signs, located outside of Lancaster, PA, has just released a new product of School Stencil for Single Lane markings. According to its web site the signs are made to each state’s specifications but they will modify them per local requirements.
According to the Department of Transportation, the original intent of the crossing sign was to slow down traffic and to remind drivers they were passing through a school zone. Such pavement signs serve as important safety devices and identify protected crossing zones for students and other pedestrians. Most state regulations require that all signs and markings located within a school zone be inspected prior to the beginning of each new academic year. One has to wonder if the real fault lies not only with the original contractor, his co-workers and supervisors but also with the officials in charge of these yearly inspections...Once this embarrassment became public news, it was corrected in less than two days.
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