GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The department of redundancy department should yield to common sense instead of requiring more than three dozen one-way signs on a roughly 1.5-mile stretch of Lakeshore, according to representatives of Grosse Pointe Shores.
The signs, on the median and both outside curbs of the divided roadway, sprouted upon repaving the stretch below Vernier to the Grosse Pointe Farms border, maintained by Wayne County.
“The job done south of Vernier was a county project through the Michigan Department of Transportation,” said Brett Smith, director of public works. “They have to meet all MDOT specifications.”
“There was a signage requirement from the Michigan Department of Transportation that required one-way signs,” said Mayor Ted Kedzierski. “If we removed them, we would have to self-insure that risk.”
Shores officials want to take down the signs, considered excessive to the point of unsightly.
“We’ve been told by the county to absolutely not remove them and, if we take them down, it’s our responsibility to accept liability,” Smith said. “It’s a county roadway and the county is enforcing its rules.”
The Shores maintains Lakeshore north of Vernier to the St. Clair Shores city limits, where repaving last year didn’t result in extra direction signs.