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Bill S2466-2011

Authorizes and directs the commissioner of transportation and the thruway authority to establish a mileage-based exit numbering system

Authorizes and directs the commissioner of transportation and the New York state thruway authority to implement a mileage-based exit numbering system along interstate highways located within the state.

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  • Jan 21, 2011: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S2466             REVISED 05/03/11

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law and the public authorities law, in relation to establishing a mileage-based numbering system for exits along interstate highways within the state

PURPOSE OF BILL: To change the exit numbers on inter states from a chronological system to a mileage-based system.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 331 is added to the highway law to authorize the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation to develop and implement a plan to convert the exit numbers along interstate highways in New York to a mileage-based system.

Section 388 is added to the public authorities law to authorize the Thruway Authority, in consultation with the Department of Transportation, to develop and implement a plan to convert the exit numbers along interstate highways in New York to a mileage-based system.

The plan will include the following provisions:

(a) As closely as practicable, follow the Federal Highway Administration mileage-based exit numbering system.

(b) Follow the convention that the numbering shall start at the southernmost or westernmost terminus of the interstate.

(c) Minimize cost by using existing roadside and overhead signs whenever possible.

(d) For a period of two years the exit number of each exit prior to such conversion shall be displayed at each such exit.

(e) The mileage-based exit numbering system shall be completed on or before January 1, 2014.

JUSTIFICATION: Forty-three States currently use a mileage-based system of exit numbering.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recognizes two systems for numbering exits on the Dwight D Eisenhower Interstate and Defense Highway system; chronological and mileage-based.

The FHWA endorses the use of the mileage-based system and has included language in the proposed 2009 National MUTCD which would mandate the mileage based system. The FHWA notes that it is easier for travelers to navigate a system that is easy to follow and can make stressed drivers a little more at ease. By numbering the exits to coincide with the mileage, travelers know how far they need to drive to arrive

at their destination. Trip planning and stops become less of a problem for stressed or tired drivers who can take comfort in knowing how far they have to travel to rest at their destination.

Additionally, a mileage-based system of exit numbers makes numbering a newly inserted exit less confusing.

Advantages of a mileage-based system are also seen in the efficiency it provides emergency teams. The mileage-based exit numbers system is recognized as a way to improve the navigation of emergency services and results in the speedy, accurate location of victims.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2007: Referred to Transportation 2008: Passed Senate 2010: S.523A - Referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: According to the New York State Department of Transportation, this project is estimated at a one-time cost of $23.3 million. The cost savings in this estimate are achieved by re-numbering existing exit signs to accomplish the purposes of this bill instead of manufacturing new signs.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2466 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 21, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the highway law and the public authorities law, in relation to establishing a mileage-based numbering system for exits along interstate highways within the state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The highway law is amended by adding a new section 331 to read as follows: S 331. MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERS; INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS. 1. THE COMMIS- SIONER IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO CONVERT EXIT NUMBERS ALONG INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS LOCATED WITHIN THIS STATE TO A MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM. SUCH SYSTEM SHALL: (A) FOLLOW, AS CLOSELY AS IS PRACTICABLE, THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINIS- TRATION INTERCHANGE EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM OF MILEAGE-BASED REFERENCE POST NUMBERING; (B) FOLLOW THE CONVENTION THAT SUCH MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SHALL BEGIN AT THE SOUTHERNMOST OR WESTERNMOST TERMINUS OF SUCH INTERSTATE HIGHWAY; AND (C) MINIMIZE COST BY USING EXISTING ROADSIDE AND OVERHEAD SIGNS AND ADD-ON PLATES TO DISPLAY NEW EXIT NUMBERS WHENEVER POSSIBLE. 2. FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE CONVER- SION TO THE MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM MADE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, THE EXIT NUMBER OF EACH EXIT PRIOR TO SUCH CONVERSION SHALL CONTINUE TO BE DISPLAYED AT EACH SUCH EXIT. 3. THE MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN. S 2. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 388 to read as follows: S 388. MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERS; INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS. 1. THE AUTHOR- ITY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, IS HEREBY
AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO CONVERT EXIT NUMBERS ALONG INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS LOCATED WITHIN THIS STATE TO A MILE- AGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM. SUCH SYSTEM SHALL: (A) FOLLOW, AS CLOSELY AS IS PRACTICABLE, THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINIS- TRATION INTERCHANGE EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM OF MILEAGE-BASED REFERENCE POST NUMBERING; (B) FOLLOW THE CONVENTION THAT SUCH MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SHALL BEGIN AT THE SOUTHERNMOST OR WESTERNMOST TERMINUS OF SUCH INTERSTATE HIGHWAY; AND (C) MINIMIZE COST BY USING EXISTING ROADSIDE AND OVERHEAD SIGNS AND ADD-ON PLATES TO DISPLAY NEW EXIT NUMBERS WHENEVER POSSIBLE. 2. FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE CONVER- SION TO THE MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM MADE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, THE EXIT NUMBER OF EACH EXIT PRIOR TO SUCH CONVERSION SHALL CONTINUE TO BE DISPLAYED AT EACH SUCH EXIT. 3. THE MILEAGE-BASED EXIT NUMBERING SYSTEM SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN. S 3. The commissioner of transportation and the chairman of the New York state thruway authority shall work in cooperation and jointly establish uniform standards and signage for the mileage-based exit number required by the provisions of this act. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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