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Downed street signs must await thaw


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A down stopped sign at the intersection of Fiesta and Cumberland drives in Franklin. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
A down stopped sign at the intersection of Fiesta and Cumberland drives in Franklin. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

A down stopped sign at the intersection of Fiesta and Cumberland drives in Franklin. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
A down stopped sign at the intersection of Fiesta and Cumberland drives in Franklin. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


If street sign was knocked down this winter, expect to wait until spring to see it again.

Unless it’s a stop or yield sign, local street departments will wait for warmer weather to put new posts in the ground.

About a dozen signs in Franklin have been knocked down by vehicles this winter. When workers dug into the ground a few weeks ago, it was frozen about a foot deep, interim street commissioner Andy Duckworth said. Temperatures haven’t been any warmer, and trying to pound a new post into the ground is impossible.

“We’ll have to wait until it gets thawed out to dig it out and replace it,” he said.

In the unincorporated areas of the county, plows have knocked down signs when pushing snow off the road, highway department director Luke Mastin said. Workers put up temporary stop and yield signs to make sure drivers are safe, but any other sign is on hold until warmer weather, he said.

Report it

If you notice a sign knocked down, here’s how to report it:

Greenwood: Submit an online request through the Action Center link at www.greenwood.in.gov or call the street department 887-5607.

Franklin: Call the street department at 736-3660.

Johnson County: Call the highway department at 346-4630.

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