City workers install new street signs.
Downtown visitors might notice some new signage on the Courthouse Square, as the City of San Marcos and 3M Corporation install new easier to read, decorative street signs. The signs are part of a pilot project to evaluate new reflective sheeting technology.
“Studies have shown that better signage reduces accidents,” said Sabas Avila, the city’s assistant director of public services. “In San Marcos, where we have a wide range of drivers from young college students to elderly tourists, these signs may be a low-cost way to improve driver comprehension and reduce accidents.”
The signs include larger lettering and block numbers, with distinct colors and insignia. They are blue and white, with a San Marcos logo on the right side. The signs also incorporate Diamond Grade DG3 reflective sheeting from 3M, which is made up of millions of highly reflective, full-cubed prismatic lenses. The lenses allow drivers to see the signs at farther distances and wider angles.
“In addition to the safety benefits, the new signs are distinctive and help to delineate San Marcos’ historic downtown,” said Avila.
City workers will continue to install the new signs over the next two months, as hardware is delivered. They will be installed from Guadalupe Street to C.M. Allen Parkway.
Four of the signs were donated by 3M and San Marcos purchased ten additional signs. The total cost of the project, including discounts and hardware, was less than $5,000.Email | Print