By Brittany Hundzynski, Contributing Writer
The U.S government finally saw the sign after weeks of deliberating Senator Toomey’s forceful recommendation to back off the mandate for new street signs across the nation.
Three weeks ago, Sen. Toomey took issue with the Department of Transportation.
“I have reached out to the Department of Transportation and look forward to working with them in alleviating the burden this regulation places on Pennsylvania municipalities and taxpayers,” he said. “At the same time, I am introducing legislation to make sure that communities like Scranton are not forced to foot the bill for expensive federal mandates.”
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation dropped the deadline, instead saying that bigger, brighter street signs should be installed whenever current signs need replacement.
Department of Transportation Sec. LaHood states “a specific deadline for replacing street signs makes no sense and would have cost communities across America millions of dollars in unnecessary expenses. After speaking with local and state officials across the country, we are proposing to eliminate these burdensome regulations. It’s just plain common sense.”
Toomey commended the Department of Transportation stating” I am very pleased that the administration is going to eliminate the 2018 deadline for federal street sign standards and want to commend Secretary LaHood for his understanding and responsiveness.”
Sen. Toomey advoctes for removing regulations that he believes are burdensome to job creators. The Toomey camp will certainly see this as a victory on that front and will likely use it as a jumping off point for removing other regulations.