By DAVID PFEIFFERThe city is working on a new street-sign installation that will replace its old street signs and bus stop with a system that’s safer, more effective and more cost-effective, according to an engineering firm that has been tasked with designing it.
The installation, scheduled to begin by next summer, will replace the old signs with a more effective, more cost effective and less confusing system that can help pedestrians and bicyclists navigate city streets and buses without ever seeing the old sign again, said Matt Haney, an installation engineer at L-3 Communications.
Atlanta City Council members say the new signs are necessary for city streetscape because the city has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in parking revenue over the past few years.
Haney said the new system is more visible than the old, and that it’s more efficient for buses and cars to operate in city streets than it is for people to walk or bike to work.
It also will give the city more visibility and control of the streetscape, which is critical to the city’s budget, he said.
A new street sign is displayed in front of the Atlanta Department of Transportation in Atlanta, Ga.
(John Bazemore/AP)Haney’s firm, Haney Engineering, has spent the past two years working with Atlanta to get a design done.
He said it was a difficult job because the signs were so different from the existing ones.
The city’s Department of Public Works and a transportation advisory board met with the company on Tuesday to get feedback, he added.
The new signs will cost $1.2 million to install, Hahn said.
The system is being called “Haney-D,” which stands for “high quality, consistent” and means it will be installed in the city for at least a year, Haneys said.
That’s more than five years after the signs went up.
The company is now working on an official design and the installation could take up to a year.
The old signs are being replaced by a system with more efficient and safer navigation that will allow pedestrians and cyclists to navigate city street and buses safely without ever having to see the old ones again, according.
Hanes has worked with other city agencies on the design.
The current system is too confusing, he explained.
The signs have a black and white design, so the person using them will have to use a red light.
The sign will not be a “green” light, and people will need to turn left or right to cross the street, he warned.
The first signs were installed in 2007 and replaced with white, white and black signage that is less confusing, said Dan Glynn, a senior director at L3 Communications who helped the city design the system.
He’s worked with Haney and his company on several projects.
The cost of the system was estimated to be between $1 million and $2 million, according the city.
Haney said he estimates the cost will be lower because the new sign will be more efficient.
City Council members want to keep the old street sign system in place because it has saved thousands of parking spaces since the signs replaced it, said Councilwoman JoAnn Fletcher.
She’s also against installing new signs, saying it will make streets more confusing.
Haneys’ company is already working on another project to install new street signs in the future.
The agency also is looking into a new signal system that could help with the city�s budget woes.
City Manager Nick Mosby said the city will look into replacing the old signals with something safer, and more effective.