M-22 signs to get update after thefts

file0001647280363With roughly 30 thefts a year of the iconic M-22 route markers the Michigan Department of Transportation is giving the sign a face-lift in the hopes of deterring thieves.

Transportation officials say replacing a single sign can cost as much as 325 dollars.

That includes the cost of the sign itself, reflective sheeting, posts, and installation costs. It all adds up quickly.

James Lake is a spokesperson for MDOT.

“And all of that – every time a sign is stolen – is money that is essentially stolen from our taxpayers investment.”

Lake said the state is removing the ‘m’ from the signs in hopes that it will reduce theft.

He said they aren’t replacing every sign with the updated look, the new route markers will only be used where the original was stolen.