ALBANY, NY (WROC) – The controversial “I Love New York” signs, deemed illegal by the federal government, are now being removed after months of debate.
The signs, which the Federal Highway Administration said may make it hard for drivers to see hazards on the road side, started coming down this week, the AP reports.
Earlier in the year, the Federal Highway Administration threatened to take away $14 million in funds from New York if the state didn’t remove the signs by the end of September.
The state later announced an agreement with the FHA to remove the signs just two days before the deadline.
The signs were part of a state initiative to promote local business and attractions off major highways in New York. The state said it is planning a new campaign to replace it. The current signs will be repurposed, the DOT told News 8.
“Per our agreement with the Federal Highway Administration, the state Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority started relocating the follow-up signs along interstate highways. These signs will be repurposed at various service areas, welcome centers and state-owned facilities as appropriate to inform travelers of programs that support New York’s $100 billion annual tourism industry. We will also be modifying the remaining signs to include economic development regions of the state to facilitate areas of interest off the federal interstate highway system.”