City spent $9,000 on signs that have to be fixed

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 2/21 5:29 pm Published: 2/21 3:45 pm

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Bicyclists in Tahlequah said they're upset the city wasted thousands of dollars on Share the Road signs that are too small for drivers to read.

The signs were painted on streets throughout the city and cost about $9,000.

More than 200 of the signs already are painted down.

“I initially thought that the signs should've been bigger by just normal speed and driving they were small,” said David Rogers, the owner of Paceline Bicycles.

Rogers said he was shocked when he saw how small the first sign was, it was painted right outside his store. He and other cyclists posted on Facebook their frustration

”I think it's a little high for what they are spending $9,000 and we don't really make it look correct,” he said.

FOX23 found the sign was less than 3 feet long.

FOX23 talked to Tahlequah Mayor Jason Nichols about why the city kept painting the signs after they knew they were too small.

He blamed the street department.

“They came and got it and started lying them down without us knowing they were going to and that's when we realized they were too small,” said Nichols.

The department hired private vendors to do the work at a rate of $40 for every sign. By the time the mayor noticed the problem, it was too late.

“The decision to contract it out robbed us of the opportunity to put a stop to the project very quickly,” he said.

As for cyclists ready to hit the streets, like Rogers, they're less forgiving.

“I just think the city didn't follow suit of other cities, how it should've been done,” he said.

The mayor told FOX23 the next round of bike signs will meet uniform traffic control standards.

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