The project grew out from the need to re-read the system due to the excessive presence and repetition of road signs, their invasive positioning for the sake of traffic laws but without taking into account the value of historic architectural and artistic buildings and the glimpses and views typical of a valuable and important historical district center.
The road signs within the city walls of Arezzo are approximately 750 and they are concentrated in the proximity of intersections. They are often redundant and are mainly no parking signs, one-way street signs and access restriction signs. Their concentration at intersections interferes severely with one of the main values of our historic downtown, that is the roads’ plot and the perspective views.
During the meetings we held with the traffic police and the municipal offices in charge of the road sign system we realized that many signs were placed as a result of complaints for fines. This way, additional signs were added to the already existing ones, without taking into account the historical and artistic heritage of the overall image but exclusively in accordance with all applicable codes and standards.
Moreover, most of our historic centers often offer narrow streets and one-way roads which do not allow high speeds or abrupt maneuvers. This is why we need to rethink the system of signs, at least in terms of the size of signals and their positioning. In addition to this there are the temporary signs, often placed for weeks on end in some important downtown areas.
In conclusion, just as it is the case for all other systems, road signs underline the lack of maintenance and control: more than 30% of them is bent, detached from its anchorage or simply smeared with paint, stickers, and more.
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