Signs project closer

    The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) was scheduled to take bids and then award a contract today for the massive street-sign project in Decatur.
    Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert told city council on Tuesday night that the project could begin within 45 to 60 days.
    All signs in the city will replaced and some permanently removed. Street marker posts will be replaced, but most stop sign posts will not, according to Gilbert.
    The city has received $261,900 in federal funds, administered through INDOT, for the project. With the city's $29,100 match, the total grant amounts to $291,100.
    The grant covers engineering, inspections, and all other aspects.
    When the project is completed, the city will be in compliance with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which made major changes to the uniform traffic code in January 0f 2008, mandating major changes, including signage.