Pennsylvania is flat broke. We’re worse than broke. And Governor Tom Wolf’s anti-business pandemic response (one of the strictest in the nation) is making us broker.
So, our state government’s response is to do what we always do … spend more money we don’t have.
Useless COVID-19 Pennsylvania Road Signs
One of the biggest wastes of money we’ve seen in some time are those bizarre road signs that read: COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN IN EFFECT.
We spotted the one above on Hillside Road in Pottsville Tuesday. Social media confirms they’ve been around for a while.
Regardless, and before we get into what they cost us, let’s look at the sign itself and the message it sends motorists.
What does this even mean? What’s happening beyond this sign? Are they doing something COVID-y down there? Has a contact tracer run into problems? Is a super spreader event ongoing?
Seriously, what does this sign mean? The ROAD CLOSED sign is just an ordinary ROAD CLOSED sign with no reasoning given. It only adds to the mystery of what the COVID 19 SAFETY PLAN sign means.
Is that to reassure us that if there is road work being done beyond that sign that the workers are adhering to PA Dept. of Health and CDC safety guidelines? Is it for the workers to remind them that the “plan” is in effect?
How could it be possible that they forgot? And if it’s for them, shouldn’t it be facing inward toward the work site? And if it’s to reassure us … honestly, who cares? If it’s the state working on the road, we’re honestly just happy road work is being done.
What Did Pennsylvania’s COVID 19 Road Signs Cost?
Really, the first question you had was probably your last. It was ours, too.
What did those cost?
Seriously, the state was already in debt prior to the pandemic. It stands to lose billions from the pandemic restrictions on business.
Those are billions that aren’t going to make their way to some needed Schuylkill County public works projects, like fixing Route 61, which is a nightmare drive from Schuylkill Haven through to Frackville.
And the Wolf administration is out here spending money on these bizarre signs.
You probably added in an extra word to spice up the question you first asked yourself when you saw these weird signs. Such as:
- Now, what did those f’ing cost? or
- What df they spend on those?
Or maybe you said something more matter-of-factly, such as, “F’in waste of money!”
So, how much money did PennDOT spend on these confusing, bizarre, and totally useless signs? (Drum roll …) $230,000!
Sure, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the massive 10-figure revenue losses Pennsylvania is about to see (or not see). But it’s just a drop in the bucket of Wolf’s continued planned spending.
On Wednesday, State Sen. Dave Argall issued a statement kinda like we figure you’re saying right now, bar the gfuxtes.
“I cannot believe that PennDOT would even consider such a wasteful expenditure as so many Pennsylvania taxpayers struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Argall. “PennDOT has lost $118 million in revenue from decreased traffic, yet still wasted these scarce dollars on unnecessary signs. This is public policy malpractice. The Governor should promptly fire all of those at PennDOT who approved this wasteful purchase.”