national media reports have shown that some states have manufactured
hundreds of highway signs designating projects that have been funded by
the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) at a cost ranging in
the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Carolina Transportation Secretary H.B. Limehouse Jr. announced that the
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) manufactured only a
total of 14 signs at a total cost of $3700.
signs bearing the official ARRA logo were produced for use in official
openings of ARRA-funded projects. These signs are used for photo
opportunities and then are removed for use at other locations. The cost
of each sign, which includes sign posts and labor and equipment for
installation is $500.
also produced 12 signs that are smaller in design with lettering only.
Six pairs of the smaller signs have been installed on one project in
each of the six congressional districts. The total cost per sign is $225
which includes sign posts, labor and equipment for installation.
Limehouse said he decided that SCDOT would spend only a minimal amount
of money on ARRA-funding signs. “I made the decision early in the
process in the spring of 2009 that we would not spend money for signs on
each ARRA project. Our policy has been to put as much funding into the
maintenance of our highway system as possible,” said Limehouse.