New Albany City Council on July 10 chose to use new street signs with black lettering on a white background.

New Albany City Council on July 10 chose to use new street signs with black lettering on a white background.

The federal mandate that necessitates the new signs was approved in 2003 with an update to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which is issued by the Federal Highway Administration. It applies to any government entity that receives federal highways funds. The mandate applies to street signs, speed limit signs and stop signs, according to Mark Nemec, city service director.

The required signs have larger letters, use different lettering and reflect light better.

The city plans to replace all of its 900 traffic-related signs, such as stop signs and speed limit signs, by 2014, one year before mandated. In 2015, the city will begin to replace street signs.

--Lori Wince