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What are the new requirements for retroreflectivity?


For years, the MUTCD has required signs to be either illuminated or made with retroreflective sheeting materials. (For specific language in the MUTCD, visit Most signs in the United States fall in the latter category, but these materials have a limited life. They degrade over time. Until now, little information has existed to determine when signs should be replaced based on their retroreflectivity.

retro3The 2003 MUTCD Edition, Revision 2, identifies minimum required retroreflectivity levels. If a sign falls below this minimum value, it needs to be replaced. Different types and quality of sheeting materials are available, and the effective life of a sign (that is, its retroreflectivity) will depend largely upon which material is chosen. To meet the requirements, all agencies must implement a traffic sign maintenance program by using one of the MUTCD’s predetermined methods. Failure to use one of the methods could result in lawsuits from drivers or their families who suffer injury or death attributable to substandard sign retroreflectivity maintenance. Agencies will not need to measure retroreflectivity levels of all their signs, but they do need to implement a program that regularly evaluates and assesses the nighttime performance of their signs.


January 2012
By this date, all agencies will have to establish a sign maintenance program that can regularly address the new minimum sign retroreflectivity requirements.

January 2015
By this date, all agencies must comply with the new retroreflectivity requirements for most of their traffic signs they have installed, including all red or white “regulatory” signs (such as STOP signs and Speed Limit signs), yellow “warning” signs, and green/white “guide” signs.

January 2018
By this date, all agencies must comply with the new retroreflectivity requirements for overhead guide signs and all street name signs.


Public agencies—including State, county, and local/township agencies, as well as the Federal land management agencies (e.g., National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife) and Tribal Governments that maintain roads open to public travel-have to comply with the minimum retroreflectivity requirements for their traffic signs. Public agencies should devote resources to retain the visibility and legibility of traffic signs, as well as ensuring that signs remain properly mounted and in good working condition.

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World’s Largest Horseshoe

The casting of the shoe was the collaboration of Louisville-based Eagle Sign and Design, a division of Neace Ventures LLC, and Thoro’bred Inc., maker of the original Secretariat shoe worn during his racing career. Guinness standards were followed from start to finish in the creation of the shoe, and Thoro’bred president Edwin Kinney offered a sizable donation of aircraft aluminum, the same alloy used in the original shoe.

  • 6 feet, 9.1 inches x 6 feet, 11.8 inches
  • Weighs 610 pounds
  • Modeled after actual shoe worn by 1973 Triple Crown Champion Secretariat

The Kentucky Derby Museum, the 2015 Secretariat Festival, and formally applied to Guinness World Records for the world’s largest horseshoe. Guinness World Records confirmed the shoe’s world record status days before the ceremony. We want to thank everyone involved for allowing Eagle Sign & Design the opportunity to be a part of this momentous event.

An exact replica of a shoe worn by Triple Crown winner Secretariat, the finished piece is expected to weigh nearly a half-ton. The museum, along with the Secretariat Festival and, debuted the world’s largest horseshoe during a ceremony on Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 20 at the museum.

Watch a video of the creation of the world’s largest horseshoe.

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Professional Signage Creates Professional Appeal


There are plenty of old sayings that exemplify the idea of success, built on the image of success—“you’ve got to spend money to make money,” “it’s not about what you know, it’s who you know,” etc. And while these old adages serve to give people something to think about when they’re headed into business, there’s no saying that rings truer than this: “dress for the job you want to have.”

Now, in the grand scheme of things, dressing for the job you want might not always be that easy, but if you’re a business owner or the proprietor of an establishment, you can certainly twist this saying a bit to dress up your business. All it takes is some clever branding and a few examples of professional signage in Louisville, KY to get the job done!

Making a statement

Unfortunately, some of the sayings we’ve been tossing around don’t apply to the business world, like, “it’s not the outside that matters; it’s what’s inside that counts.” This is a nice thought, but ultimately, it does matter what’s on the outside of your business—this is what’s going to attract people inside! If you lack professional signage in Louisville, KY as a marker for your establishment, you can bet that your business is going to suffer from it when it comes to foot traffic.

On the flip side, having a professionally manufactured, perfectly designed, eye-catching sign to call attention to your place of business is going to give you all the strength in the world when it comes to branding, marketing and appealing to customers.

An icon to stand behind

Perhaps the most important facet of doing business these days is getting your branding right and making sure that your brand has a good message associated with it. Any advertising professional will tell you that branding is nothing without an iconic name or image to stand behind however, for brand recognition—this is where professional signage in Louisville, KY comes in.

Whether it’s a bold company logo, a soon-to-be cherished mascot or just the textual representation of your business’ name, having a sign that people can relate your branding efforts to is paramount in keeping success up. Consider this: when you think of McDonalds imagery, what do you picture? Most likely, it’s the golden arches. How about vice-versa? What do you think about when you see golden arches? The answer is undoubtedly McDonalds.

The right first impression

Whether it’s someone’s first time visiting your business or their hundredth time as a customer, it makes people feel more secure to know that they’re investing their time and commerce in a business that’s reputable—nothing says reputable like a professionally designed sign that’s showcased for all the world to see.

The next time someone tells you to “dress for success” or “dress for the job you want to have,” take a look at your business and decide for yourself if your business is also dressed for success. Chances are, if there’s a professionally designed, gleaming sign out front for the world to see, you’ll feel like your business is dressed to the nines.

The Markers of Quality Custom Signs


Are you looking to create some custom signs to advertise a business or an event? Whether you are hosting a fundraiser or you are looking to add some signage to a boutique window display, finding quality custom signs can really help you to get your message out there. Here are some things to look for when you are shopping for quality custom signs.

1. Quality materials: This plays a huge role in whether or not your custom signs in Louisville, KY will stand the test of time and be worth the cost. Be sure to take a thorough look at what types of materials the signs are made out of and decide for yourself whether or not these signs will meet your needs. Be especially diligent about this if you plan to use the sign outdoors, as outdoor signs have different material requirements than inside signs, so that they can withstand the elements.

2. Attention to detail: We are willing to bet that you have heard the phrase “the devil is in the details,” numerous times. In fact, you may have heard it so often that by now you are quite sick of it. Still, there’s a reason it’s a saying—because it is true. Any good quality sign maker is going to pay acute attention to the small, yet ever so important details. Things such as design, font choice and size and even color can make a huge difference. Take a look to see if all of these details are covered; a truly powerful sign will have all of the right details to appeal to just the right audience.

3. Accuracy: This also ties in a bit with attention to detail, but quality in a sign will also be accurate. This means that not only having the correction information, but also consisting of the correct spelling and the grammar as well.

4. Precision: As with anything of quality, precision is a huge factor. Precision and care makes a custom sign look put together and clean, as opposed to sloppy. Precision also makes a sign appear to be more thorough and therefore, more trustworthy.

5. Ease of use: Is the sign easy to install? Can you use it easily in the way in which you will need it? Perhaps you are looking for a sign that will be easy to move from one display to another? If so, be sure that the sign will be light and easy to move. If the sign is difficult to hang or impossible to move by yourself, chances are that you won’t use it as often as you should to make it worth the investment.

When all of the elements above are combined, any custom sign is sure to be a hit. There are so many things that a custom sign can convey, whether it’s a simple sale or an inspiring message. Be sure that anything you share is done so using a quality custom sign that is not only built to last, but is accurate, polished and easy to use.