Windstorms costing Iqaluit thousands in street signs
Typical trilingual stop sign costs $300 to replace
Heavy winds in Iqaluit are taking their toll on the city's street signs, which cost hundreds of dollars each to replace.
"A typical stop sign might be a $300 item," said Keith Couture, director of Public Works with the City of Iqaluit.
"If you factor that over six to eight times every storm you're getting into a bit of money."
Couture says about a half-dozen signs were lost after the 120 km/h winds on Monday night.
He says city crews make their rounds when the weather breaks to remove and replace damaged signs. Signs that are bent or slanted, the city sometimes waits to fix until spring so they don't break in the cold.
He says road signs in Nunavut are expensive because many are trilingual and iridescent. The city is in the process of changing all its signs to be trilingual.