Tuesday, March 25, 2008

In the shadow of the city sign man

I thought that I had said all there was to say about civic graffiti. Today while out walking I discovered that I was wrong. Look at that collection of colored news fragments above -- not only is every utility is represented but they all appear to be negative.

That, of course, is the shadow of a sign across the graffiti.

Both these signs were circled in white, with all the requisite color coded messages down on the pavement.

I finally caught up with the city's man, erecting a bump sign. He patiently explained to me that when he ventures forth to repair, replant, or erect a sign, it's necessary to know that he won't hit any utility mains in the process. Hence the colorful hodgepodge; wonder how long it will last.

6 comments:

OmegaMom said...

Goodness. I thought I had explained it to you long since?! It's called "blue-staking", and you're required by law to do it if you're going to do any digging. You call 1-800-stake-it, I believe, in Arizona, and all the local utilities have to mark their stuff at the address you specify.

But they're all still mysterious to me, in terms of what color means what...

Granny J said...

Ah, dotter, that much I do know: blue=water, green=sewer, yello=gas, red=elect, orange=communications, white=data/info.

TomboCheck said...

very interesting!

Granny J said...

tombo -- what I found interesting, aside from the intelligence from the city man, was the be made aware of just how many city signs there are on that section of Willow street. There were little clusters of color every few feet along my route!

smilnsigh said...

I've seen something like this, for gas lines and the like. But these are very, very numerous. Great that you hunted down the cause.

Granny J said...

SnS -- I lucked out, with the city truck ahead of me & the guy doing his sign thing. Even shy me barged ahead and asked him all about it...

 
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