How the Department of Transportation makes, repairs road signs

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Road signs that have been knocked over can create a hazard, so it's imperative they be restored as soon as possible. Road signs aren't put up for decoration, they serve as instructions for drivers, so when they are knocked down it can cause confusion.

Dustin Witte works in the Alaska Department of Transportation Sign Shop and he says DOT relies on the public to report damaged signs. He talks about how drivers can report signs that have fallen or been knocked down.

"So you call the state office, 451-2205, and report the signs that are down. Stop signs are definitely a priority, so we want those, you know, as quick as we can get them back up," he said.

Witte says it takes roughly an hour to repair a sign, and that many of those downed signs have been struck by drivers. DOT also makes all their signs in house, which saves time and money when repairs are needed. The process behind making the signs takes between 30 minutes to an hour or more, depending on how large the sign is.

"We come in here, we plot them on the computer, cover our blanks with the reflective material, and plot them, roll them and try to get them out on the road," he said.

Besides using the computer for design, all the signs are made or repaired by hand, and then placed back on the roads to help ensure driver's safety.

Again, to report a fallen sign, contact the Alaska Department of Transportation at 451-2205.