I-80 signs being replaced

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Interstate 80 is getting a facelift, but this upgrade doesn't involve tearing up the road.

A forklift lifts road sign as crews await on the scaffolding to receive it. (SOURCE: KNOP-TV/Jace Barraclough)

It's the signs which are getting replaced.

Thursday construction crews could be seen replacing the green road signs high above the ground.

Each one had to be lifted by a forklift as the workers received it and bolted it into place.

Many of the signs being replaced were 30 to 50 years old.

Crew Leader Ray Torres says not just anybody can install them.

"The people I got working on these signs are highly qualified for this kind of work and they're hand picked for this kind of job," says Torres.

"With these signs being so big, they don't look big to you but when you get up close to them they're huge. When the wind comes up they're very dangerous. You have to have people that have knowledge of what they're doing."

The signs are designed to reflect car headlights which illumiates the words.