On a recent trip to St. Louis we noticed that there are now not just mile markers lining I-44, there are 2/10 mile markers. That's right, 5 distance markers for every mile of interstate, each direction. At just over 290 miles I-44 travels in Missouri that's 2900 2/10 mile markers.
I found one reference on the web to mile markers costing nearly 20 bucks a piece. That's over $58,000 in 2/10 mile markers. Maybe that doesn't sound like a great waste of money to everyone else but to me it's excessive. At 70 miles per hours you'll be able to count nearly 6 markers a minute, or see a new one every 10 seconds.
If the cost of the signs doesn't get you, think about the man-power required to install those. We ended up passing the truck of guys installing the signs. One guy in the truck, one guy attaching it to a pole, and another guy watching both. Further up the road we caught up with the truck responsbile for setting the poles, same configuration of men "working." Just ahead of them we found the truck that was leaving the poles behind for the set crew. And ahead of them we found the truck of men responsible for marking where to set the poles.
Ah, government efficiecny at it's finest.
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