Pointy-topped road sign posts

The in basket: Sharp-eyed Bob Wilson of South Kitsap writes, “I have recently noticed the sign posts used by the county are of two types.  One has a square flat top and the other has a pointed top.  The pointed top posts appear to be the new style post.  The pointed top is made by making an angled cut on each of the four sides of the post. 
“Why is the county using the pointed posts, and are they paying more because of the extra cuts involved in producing the posts? ” he asked.


The in basket: Sharp-eyed Bob Wilson of South Kitsap writes, “I have recently noticed the sign posts used by the county are of two types.  One has a square flat top and the other has a pointed top.  The pointed top posts appear to be the new style post.  The pointed top is made by making an angled cut on each of the four sides of the post. 
“Why is the county using the pointed posts, and are they paying more because of the extra cuts involved in producing the posts? ” he asked.
And I asked if there was some regulation that explains the fact the county uses almost all wooden posts while nearly all in the city of Bremerton are metal.
The out basket: “It’s not very complex,” says Jeff Shea of Kitsap County Public Works, “We use wooden posts because they are cheaper and easier to install. We use a very generic specification that doesn’t call for pointed tops to acquire bids from suppliers. We always go with the lowest bidder. The most recent contract supplied pointed tops. Pointed tops do not seem to make a difference in the prices quoted.
“We do use some metal posts in areas of high vandalism,” he said. “Metal posts are more expensive, but they curb vandalism and, in the end, cost less than continually replacing the wood posts in areas where vandals strike.”
Theft of the signs is the type of vandalism that most often destroys wooden posts, says Doug Bear, public works spokesman.

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