Largest Sign Built in Signal-Tech History to be Installed on Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge in Brooklyn, New York

Erie, PA, December 20, 2007 --( Local sign manufacturer, Signal-Tech, recently designed and constructed the largest LED sign in its history for the Triborough Bridges and Tunnels Authority in New York State.

The sign’s 16” characters read “CAUTION ONE LANE AHEAD,” and alert motorists that traffic must merge into one lane on the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, a vertical lift bridge that crosses Jamaica Bay, connecting Queens with Brooklyn, N.Y.

“The customer wanted to replace an existing, worn out LED sign that had several issues with whole letters slowly fading out,” said Signal-Tech salesman Brian Veshecco.

“Their main requirement was that the sign be readable from 1,000 feet away, keeping in mind that the sign will sit 17 feet above the roadway on a dual mast arm, about a mile before the bridge,” said Veshecco.

Nearly eight feet tall and 11 feet wide, the sign weighs close to 1,000 lbs., and is comprised of more than 5,000 30° high-brightness amber LEDs. It is scheduled to be installed at the end of this month.

“What is unique about this project is that we came up with our own ‘Lite Brite-inspired’ design,” said Signal-Tech’s head engineer, Phil Glass. “We initially ordered clusters that did not work – so we came up with our own system using 3D CAD software to prototype and test the design prior to fabrication.”

Katie Fish
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