Shininess of Signs to be Tested

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Platte County hopes to buy a machine to test road signs to make sure they can be seen.

Supervisors took a step on Tuesday to buy a device called a retroreflectometer, which measures signs visibility.

A Florida company offered one for about $9,300. The cost would be shared by Platte, Colfax and Stanton counties. Each county plans to apply for a $2,500 grant to help offset the cost.

Platte County Administrative Assistant Jane Cromwell says the machine will help bring the county's signs into compliance with new federal regulations and enhance road safety by identify signs that have lost their luminosity because of age or the weather.