FHA to cut $1B in funding if 'I Love NY' signs stay up
It is becoming a love-hate relationship, but no more discussion. The "I Love NY" signs have to come down, says the Federal Highway Administration.
The FHA and the New York State Department of Transportation will meet next month to discuss the removal of more than 500 "I Love NY'' signs from the state's roadways. Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau will meet with DOT Commissioner Matt Driscoll at the FHA's Washington office in December to formulate a plan for taking down the signs.
The FHA has now threatened to cut nearly $1 billion in federal funding to the state if the signs are not removed.
State officials have long contended that the signs help promote tourism and provide valuable information about New York's attractions. But the FHA says the signs do not conform to federal standards and are dangerous because they contain so much information that drivers can become distracted.