LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — Lower Merion residents who were part of the effort to try to save several thousand historic street signs which have been a staple throughout the township for nearly a hundred years received good news on Tuesday.

Lower Merion got word from Senator Pat Toomey’s office in Washington that the federal transportation department had given the township a reprieve.

Secretary Ray LaHood said the existing signs were allowed to remain as historical monuments and only needed to conform to new standards if the township decides it wants to replace the existing signs.

That came as good news for Commissioner Jane Dellheim who chairs the Public Works Committee…

“This is particularly good financial news for us that we can keep the signs and they really are charming and something that we all love.”

It would have cost the township about 1.5 million dollars to install more reflective street signs to make it easier and safer for drivers.

Lower Merion officials had said that unfunded mandate would have destroyed the character of the township.

Reported by KYW’s Suburban Bureau Chief Brad Segall

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