P.E.I. streamlining road-side sign policies

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The provincial government is changing its sign policy to clear up roadside clutter and make it easier for travellers to find information about Island businesses.

Tourism minister, Jeff Lantz, is proposing to phase out P.E.I.’s present system of black and white signs and to build a network of map-stop kiosks that would eliminate advertising signs in densely developed areas, which would enable travellers to pull over for their information.

P.E.I. currently imposes limits on roadside signs, banning billboard advertising and limiting businesses that want off-site signs to the government-issued black and white information signs.

“In some places where the signs are in demand there are businesses that have been on waiting lists for years waiting for a spot to open up.”

A test stop has been set up in Kensington and Lantz says they plan to expand on that. He says the government plans to begin building its map-stops in Prince County but would gradually expand them to other parts of the province.

He says his department hopes the new approach to signage will make it easier for travellers to find information and make it easier for businesses to get their names out in public.

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