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HARRISON COUNTY ROAD DEPARTMENT IMPLEMENTS MONEY-SAVING TECHNOLOGY

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Contact: Jeff Clark
Public Information Officer
Harrison County Board of Supervisors
228-236-5485
jwclark@co.harrison.ms.us

February 13, 2020

HARRISON COUNTY ROAD DEPARTMENT IMPLEMENTS MONEY-SAVING TECHNOLOGY

A piece of equipment purchased for the Harrison County Road Department with approval from the Harrison County Board of Supervisors will give the county an edge when it comes to maintaining its road signs.

The new TrafficJet printer is being used by the Harrison County Bridge and Traffic Department, which is part of the Harrison County Road Department and is housed in the work center on Lorraine Road.
Harrison County Bridge and Traffic Superintendent Joe Mechanic said the new sign printer will help the county with the upkeep and production of its road signs.

"We have about 800 miles of roads in Harrison County and we oversee about 2,000 road signs everything from stops signs, speed limit signs, street signs and road repair signs," Mechanic said. "Maintaining our signs can be very expensive, but this new printer will help the county save a lot of money."

Mechanic said every sign in Harrison County is inventoried. The signs are given an inventory number and a date of installation. The road signs are inspected periodically throughout the year.
"Our biggest problem with our signs is vandalism," he said. "This can be anything from theft to people shooting the signs or spray painting them. With our new technology, we can print a sign in about five minutes and put it on a truck and get it back in place. The old signs would last about 10-15 years but the signs we are printing with the new printer should last us 20 years or longer."

Mechanic said a major aspect in sign maintenance is safety, making certain that the signs have the proper amount of reflection. Night-time inspections, Mechanic said, are a part of the regular sign maintenance process.

"We go out with light to the roads that need inspection and check them out," he said. "We do day and night inspections. Everything my department does, including bridges, traffic lights and traffic plans, revolves around safety."

With the new edition of the sign printer, the Harrison County Board of Supervisors sees the new equipment as both cutting-edge technology and a cost-efficient necessity.

"The Harrison County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of this printer because they want our road department to have the most state-of-the-art equipment possible," Harrison County Public Information Officer Jeff Clark said. "But this printer will not only help increase productivity within the road department it will also save the taxpayers money."

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Harrison County Board of Supervisors
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