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Agreement Reached With Feds Over ‘I Love New York’ Highway Signs

September 30, 2018 - 1:45 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York State has reached an agreement with the Federal Highway administration on the fate of hundreds of “I Love New York” signs.

Federal officials have said that the signs violate regulations and could be a distraction to drivers.

The state disagreed but could have possibly lost $14 million in federal funding if the signs were left up.

The signs read “I Love New York” and direct drivers to various tourist destinations nearby.

“"I like them. I think they are nice landmarks. Whenever I go out of New York and I come back, it's just a good back home feeling,” said Pam Richardson, of Middletown. “So I wish they would keep them."

On Saturday, one day before the roughly 514 signs were supposed to come down, the two sides reached an agreement that would allow the signs to stay.

“We have reached an agreement to launch an innovative experimental project to allow tourism signage to highlight cultural, historic, and other significant state attractions off the highway system," Department of Transportation Commissioner Paul Kara and Thruway Authority Director Matthew Driscoll said in a statement.

The signs, which have been up for five years, will help launch a new advertising campaign that the state will submit final plans for in the coming months.