LAS VEGAS - A viewer says she sees graffiti linger on freeway signs - sometimes for weeks or months. She wants to know what citizens can do to get these eyesores removed.
Concerned residents can report graffiti to the Nevada Department of Transportation by calling 702-385-6500. When viewers complained about graffiti-filled signs on U.S. 95, Traffic8 was able to get the signs cleaned by alerting NDOT crews.
New technology is also being tested that might help fight graffiti. One example is high delineated signs. They are reflective, so they don't need lights. That eliminates the need for cat walks in front of the signs – which crews use to replace the lights. Taggers use the same scaffolding to spray graffiti on the signs.
NDOT studies have also shown nature and animal decorative motifs – like the ones near the Springs Preserve at U.S. 95 and Valley View Boulevard – seem to discourage taggers. One theory is that taggers want a blank canvas in order to see their work.
With more of those designs being added to valley freeways, hopefully, motorists see less graffiti in the future.
What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Brian Loftus.