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Published December 14, 2011, 10:24 PM

Plethora of No Parking signs line south Moorhead street

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - New street signs Moorhead have some people doing a double take. It seems like overkill on No Parking on one south Moorhead street.

New street signs Moorhead have some people doing a double take. It seems like overkill on No Parking on one south Moorhead street.

These new no parking snow emergency signs are up on two streets in Moorhead. As you cruise down 11th Street south near MSUM you'll see a set on nearly every corner. It seems that Moorhead really does not want you to park here.

David Pederson – 11th Street South Resident: "No parking sign and then saying you can't park there when there's 3 inches of snow, when you can't park there anyway? What can you say?"

Turns out that these new signs are a result of a bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature.

Loren Fliflet: “We have to decide what constitutes a snow emergency and that's why the three inches is on there. The old signs did not have the 3 inches.”

So instead of posting different signs on different streets Moorhead just went with the one to save a little money, and the costs of these signs can add up. Each one of these signs costs $35. That means between Main Avenue and 28th Avenue South there's $740 worth of signs. As for the proliferation of postings

Loren Fliflet: "We try and get enough on so people do realize that is a snow emergency."

The old snow emergency signs are only 15 years old, but they would have to come down even without the new Minnesota law because the federal government is requiring all signs to have new reflective qualities within the next 10 years.

David Pederson: "Bureaucracy at work"

And apparently a lot of sign manufactures too.

Last year the new signs went up on 20th Street. Within the last week 39 signs went up, all on 11th street south and north.

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