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MDOT Looking To Retire Iconic M-22 Highway Sign

Jul 17, 2017

M-22 Sign
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The state Department of Transportation is experimenting with an alternative to the well-known M-22 highway sign in northern Michigan. 

The M-22 logo is sold on decals, t-shirts, and water bottles.  But that’s apparently not enough for some people who want the actual road sign. 

James Lake is with the state Department of Transportation. 

“Theft of our M-22 route marker signs has been a chronic issue for many years.” 

Lake says changing the logo and making the signs harder to steal hasn’t worked.  So now the department is trying something new – it’s putting the M-22 markings directly on the pavement.  But that’s created a new problem.  At least one person’s been spotted laying in the roadway to take a selfie with the marking. 

Credit Courtesy, MDOT

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