The state Department of Transportation is experimenting with an alternative to the well-known M-22 highway sign in northern Michigan. That’s because the signs keep getting stolen.
MDOT’s James Lake says the signs are stolen so often the department M-DOT has stopped replacing them and is experimenting with alternatives. The newest idea is to put the highway marking on the road itself.
“It’s a sheet of plastic that we adhere to the roadway to have the block letters M-22. It’s intended as a route maker, a replacement for the traditional sign, and we’re testing that to see how it works,” he said.
But one problem has already been identified. At least one person was spotted laying down in the roadway to take a selfie with the marking.