That more expensive sign, which has LED lights, went up three weeks ago at Main and 1st in Downtown as part of a Department of Transportation project to see if LED signs are easier for drivers to see. "I'm doing reflecting tests," Zaki Mustafa, chief of field operations at the Department of Transportation, tells us. He also drives by the sign at night as part of his testing. "The cost is outrageous," he said, unprompted, of the new sign. He also said the old signs require no maintenance, whereas the new ones do. He said he'll make a decision next month on whether the city should use these new signs. The ones currently used by the city cost $70.
· LA Department of Transportation [Official Site]