Traffic Cabinet Improvements

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

San Bernardino County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Works (Department) recognized that traffic signal cabinets tend to be an aesthetic detriment, essentially presenting a metal box eye sore that is prone to graffiti. The Department recognized early in the effort to resolve the blight associated with signal cabinets, the significant cultural and historical diversity various regions possessed. To enhance the environment of the communities, the Department adopted a beautification standard that incorporates the consistency of the County’s commitment to uplift the community as well as recognizing the unique heritage each region contributed. The Department has launched a program to upgrade traffic signal components to improving congestion and lessen green-house gasses associated with stop-and-go traffic as well as idling vehicles. During this process, the Department enhanced the program by wrapping traffic signal cabinets with graphic printed, graffiti resistant vinyl with common front and rear panels. The side panels, are dedicated to the unique cultural interests and history of the area/community. Peripheral benefits to each intersection include cost savings from signal maintenance and graffiti removal.

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