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RENO, Nev. — Some Reno-area overhead freeway signs hard-hit by graffiti vandalism will receive a facelift as the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) replaces them with new signs.
The 10 or so replacement signs will be installed on Interstate 80 and U.S. 395 in Reno through the end of the year. The overnight installations will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to minimize travel delays, with sporadic, minor lane and ramp closures expected.
The new signs feature structural elements to help deter vandalism and three-tier technology topped with a plastic protective coating. New reflective materials also make the signs more visible at night.
The signs are just part of NDOT’s continuing efforts to overcome the crime of graffiti. The Department dedicated over 1,500 man hours in graffiti removal in the past year, painting over and removing offending marks from state roadway signs, soundwalls and structures. NDOT has also joined with local agencies to paint soundwall murals and develop a database for area-wide tracking of graffiti crimes.
“Our top priority is the safety of our state roads, and we balance that with the pride we take in the aesthetics of our community,” NDOT District Engineer Thor Dyson said. “As with any crime, there is unfortunately no way to completely end graffiti, but we are proud to be able to take this measure to provide safer freeways and a cleaner community.”
The approximately $13,500 materials and installation cost of each sign add to the funds dedicated by other local agencies, private businesses and residents to eliminate graffiti crimes.