The next time you are driving up Main Street or across Broadway in Altus, take an extra glance at the new city street signs going up.
City of Altus Street Commissioner Chad Osborne said the first step in replacing the current weathered, vandalized or missing street signs was to do an inventory. After the Street and Parks Department completed the inventory, they divided the 131 miles of streets within the city into 25 fairly small quadrants. Osborne said that the smaller quadrants will help with work plans as well as cost estimates in replacing old signs.
The cost to replace the street signs is a high budget expenditure (roughly $75,000+), and will be paid for out of the Street and Alley Fund. Money for this fund comes from fuel taxes.
Osborne said that he has been consulting with the Oklahoma Correctional Industries (OCI) on purchasing signs from their on-site factory. Inmates at the Stringtown Correctional Facility produce signs as part of their work rehabilitation program. Osborne said that he likes the idea of this large purchase amount of tax dollars staying in Oklahoma rather than going to another state.
It was noted that the replacement of signs is a work in progress and will take some time to complete.
“The Street Department and Parks are working very hard and working together to get every street sign replaced,” said Osborne.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 1277