N.Y., feds at odds over high­way signs

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

New York’s top trans­porta­tion of­fi­cial will travel to Wash­ing­ton to dis­cuss an on­go­ing dis­pute with fed­eral of­fi­cials over the state’s high­way wel­come cen­ters and road­side “I Love NY” signs.

Fed­eral of­fi­cials say the signs vi­o­late sig­nage rules and could dis­tract mo­torists.

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties also are con­cerned that the state-run Taste NY stores in high­way wel­come cen­ters may run afoul of rules gov­ern­ing com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity at rest stops.

A spokesman for the Fed­eral High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion says agency Ad­min­is­tra­tor Greg Nadeau is sched­uled to meet with state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sioner Matt Driscoll next month to dis­cuss the con­flict.

The state de­fends the signs and wel­come cen­ters as suc­cess­ful ways to mar­ket tourism and lo­cally made prod­ucts.

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