The municipal services committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a roadside memorial sign program, which aims to commemorate the victims of fatal accidents while educating motorists about road safety.
Under the scheme, a memorial sign can be requested by the family of a fatal collision victim through their local council’s district office after a minimum of six months after the incident.
The Director of the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be the approval authority for commemorative sign requests.
Per policy, once a proposed installation of a memorial sign is approved, DOT will determine the details of the sign’s design and location, and work with Public Works to install the sign.
Nader Asmar, senior engineer at DOT, said the department will work with the victim’s family and the council district office in which the collision occurred to determine the best location, but ideally the sign will be placed. where the accident occurred.
“Our starting point is where it happened, but we’ll keep in mind that sometimes that place may not be suitable,” Asmar said.
The city will assume the installation costs and maintain the sign for a period of seven years. The City will also assume the cost of installing the signs that will need to be replaced.
The DOT originally proposed asking families to pay replacement costs, but based on the recommendation of the Transportation Advisory Board, the draft policy was changed to allow the city to cover replacement costs.
At the meeting, council member Tyron Hampton recommended that the DOT consider revising the wording of the proposed signs and adding: “in loving memory of.”
Vice Mayor Andy Wilson recommended including the date of the incident on the memorial sign. He also recommended changing the wording of the policy to allow non-family members to request memorial signs in the absence of the victim’s family members.
“We can examine how we can add this language. One thing we want to be sensitive to is that if there is a family, they have the ability to say if they want to have such a memorial,” DOT Director Laura Rubio-Cornejo said in response. at Wilson.