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||July 19, 2011
||Very briefly, this is a two-part idea. One costs nothing, the other does.
While traveling around our state, take notice of how many signs there are--everywhere. Road stripes tell us we can't drive in a lane, but then we have signs every 20 feet stating "No Parking" "No stopping" "Fire Lane", etc. I'm all for safety, but I think we could save money, make things look more natural and beautiful, if we weren't marking it up with lots and lots of redundant signage. Ignorance of the law is never an excuse, so stripes on the road should suffice to tell someone not to drive along that lane. I don't need signs on natural country roads suggesting I "Pass with Care", etc. Take note next time you're out and about, we have an overabundance of signs.
Next, help more urban/suburbian cities with road -- especially state roads, of course --beautification. Maryland has a lot of nice highways that use natural looking rocks in place of concrete barriers; Florida has lots of plants and trees that hide guardrails. The M-59 corridor, for instance, is an example of where more improvement (I've seen some) would create a more "wowing" effect as motorists drove through this busy part of the Macomb.
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