Some New Jersey Towns Complain Of Having Too Many Road Signs

FAIR HAVEN, N.J. — (CBSNewYork) — What’s the deal with all the road signs?

It’s a questions being asked in one Monmouth County town, and in other parts of New Jersey, as residents say the confusion is making their heads spin, reports CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport.

Heading through Fair Haven, drivers are faced with a seemingly senseless series of signs.

“There’s just too many signs,” Fair Haven Mayor Michael Halfacre said. “How many do you need?”

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams In Monmouth County

Halfacre said that’s the problem in his sleepy, historic borough – a cacophony of clutter, with road signs on top of road signs.

“After a while, the signs lose their effect. They are no longer signs warning people of the cross walk. They are signs that people tune out,” Halfacre told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams. ” It doesn’t slow people down. It doesn’t enhance safety. It’s redundant and it’s unsightly.”

Halfacre said there are even signs to alert you that other signs are coming up.

“We have signs telling you ‘here comes a sign,’” he said. “[There’s] a sign saying there’s a crosswalk coming, and we have a sign saying ‘here’s the crosswalk.’”

The mayor said his town isn’t alone.

“It’s all over the state,” he said.

Towns across New Jersey are reaching out to the state’s Department of Transportation to help curb the clutter. The DOT told CBS 2 that it’s working on it.

“We work to reduce redundant or outdated signs,” the DOT said.

The mayor said that in New Haven, many of the signs come under the regulation of Monmouth County. The county told CBS 2 it’s working with Mayor Halfacre to eliminate unnecessary signs in the area.

Do you think the road signs are ineffective? Let us know below…

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  • Mary L Cottingham

    My complements on the typo…. It’s not New Haven (which is in CT), but FAIR Haven which come under the regulation of Monmouth County.

  • Stephen Holland

    Some one should pass a LAW limiting the number of sign

  • mj

    with everything goin on in this state THIS is what concerns people ? this state is hopeless

  • p8nt

    I love how out-of-state morons complain about the roads in jersey. I guess its really difficult when you can actually go the speed limit, to pay attention to what you are doing. Sounds like the same people that I see going 20mph on the left lane of a highway because they are lost, instead of pulling over somewhere to figure out where they are and where they should be going.

  • Mark

    New Jersey having TOO MANY signs?!? Really???? This is one of the most difficult states to navigate. Signage is incredibly poor, roads are terribly illogical and difficult, and it feels unwelcome to an outsider. Turnoffs have little warning and signs, when they exist, are often too small and poorly placed. And you can’t make a left turn from the left side. 270 degree left turns and 540 degree u-turns are the norm. Who designed this mess of a road system?

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