CHAPTER NO. 667

SENATE BILL NO. 3085

By Leatherwood

Substituted for: House Bill No. 2623

By Fitzhugh

AN ACT Providing for directional signs on Interstate 40 for the City of Ripley.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, it shall be the duty of the Department of Transportation to erect and maintain directional signs that inform citizens and tourists of the most direct routes to various destinations within Tennessee, including the erection of such signs for the City of Ripley on Interstate 40 in Haywood County at Exit 56, both eastbound and westbound. Such directional signs shall indicate through appropriate language and standardized traffic symbols the most direct route to the City of Ripley from Exit 56.

SECTION 2. The department may elect to include the information delineated in Section 1 on existing signage at Exit 56 on Interstate 40 as an alternative to erecting new directional signs.

SECTION 3. The erection of such directional signs shall be within the guidelines prescribed by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

SECTION 4. This act shall become operative only if the federal highway administrator advises the Commissioner of Transportation in writing that the provisions of this act shall not render Tennessee in violation of federal laws and regulations and subject to penalties prescribed therein.

SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.

PASSED:

March 16, 1998

APPROVED this 25th day of March 1998