One of the more interesting things in the City of New Orleans are missing street name signs and traffic signs. So, when someone moves to New Orleans they haven’t a clue where they are and they might use a navigation system. Navigation says make a left on “Such and Such’ street as you drive down a main street like Napoleon, you get to the left turn and there is no street name sign so you have no idea if that is the correct place to turn.
Another issue are traffic signs that are missing. My favorite is the School Zone flashing light about a block off Napoleon on St.Charles. Slowing to 20 miles per hour because you are in a school zone and as you pass the school you look for the sign that says “end of school zone” and there is no sign…anywhere…everyone uses their own judgment when to speed up….
The city just set aside $1.5 million for street sign repairs. Crews are now hard at work replacing street name signs and broken traffic signs. Ricardo Ortiz and his fellow New Orleans cab drivers appreciate the effort.
“If you don’t have the street signs, for some of us that are not well seasoned, haven’t been out here 20 years, yes, it’s a little bit difficult for us,” said Ortiz. So far, city crews have installed 438 new street name signs along with 773 new traffic signs. The city is now taking inventory of the missing and broken signs.
Not sure how far $1.5 million will go however it is a start.