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New Highway Markers, Waste of Money?
The blue signs in the median along highway 41 has some seeing green, too much green. The signs are mile markers and there are plans to place them every two-tenths of a mile. One Menasha City Council Member says that is way too many signs. And it is too expensive. Each sign costs tax payers 167 dollars. "Oh my gosh we're wasting a lot of money unnecessarily," says Sue Wisneski.
The signs are replacing the traditional green mile markers along highway 41 in both directions. Add up the cost, and the signs will cost more than 16 hundred dollars of taxpayer money. Council member Sue Wisneski says that money can be better spent elsewhere. "And we can't even fix our streets because of cut backs from the state. And yet we're paying for 10 signs a mile," says Wisneski.
Kim Rudat, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation, says it is not about the money, it is about safety. "They're simply to allow motorists in distress more quickly and more accurately identify their locations so rescue services can get to them," says Rudat.
But Wisneski says the price tag is too much. "Utterly ridiculous. That's upsetting."
You can expect to see more of these signs soon. The DOT is planning to put more up along highway 41 and also on Interstate 43.