I was recently quoted in The Forecaster expressing how well I thought the construction on Route 1 has gone over the past two years. This was an accurate quote; the construction companies did a great job. The finished design, however, leaves something to be desired.
I have been involved in the design and landscaping of this project since the beginning, and nowhere was it represented how many signposts would be included. None of the street renderings show all the directional signs, pedestrian signs, and redundant traffic signals that are now littering Route 1. We have traded overhead wires for standing black posts. I’m not sure which is worse.
The most egregious example of this “oversigning” is right on front of my deli: Route 1 N/Route 1 S. They look like temporary signs, especially from the back; the pedestrian informational sign is 7 feet off the ground, and seriously, does anyone coming from Route 88 onto Depot Road need a sign to know which way is North? I have quickly gone from pleased with this project to greatly disappointed that this excessive signage was never brought up in any of the planning stages. Something should be done.