Drivers on southbound Interstate 35 had about four days with a readable exit sign at Mission Road and 37th Street. Now it’s back to an illegible sign and confused drivers.
“At night you cannot see this exit sign, the graffiti is that large,” said Jan Hooker.
The exit sign, which was first “tagged” with graffiti in August, was fixed in mid-November. Four days later, more graffiti showed up.
So what’s the deal? Is this a problem area? How many bones is the state shelling out to fix these signs?The answer
Those doggone vandals! They’re messing with something that is expensive and time-consuming to fix.
It took several months to repair the sign the first time around because it takes time to produce the new “skins” for such signs, said Kansas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kim Qualls.
As weather permits, the crews will first try to clean graffiti off. If that doesn’t work, new skins will be ordered.
The first time around, it cost the Kansas Department of Transportation about $6,500.
Graffiti on KDOT signs hasn’t been a huge problem at this location in the past. Qualls described it as a “hit and miss” area.
In 2012, it cost KDOT about $18,400 to repair 10 incidents of graffiti on highway signs in the Kansas City area.
To deter more incidents, KDOT crews have taken down catwalks and ladders on part of eastbound Interstate 70 and the ladders on part of westbound I-70.
Crews didn’t leave the ladders up when the repairs were made on I-35, but they didn’t remove the catwalks in order to minimize the impact on traffic, Qualls said.
The Watchdog doesn’t understand why humans deface property for no reason. When he scratches up a door, it’s only because he wants out.