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Curious? Ask Chris: Gene Snyder Freeway signs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB viewer Emily asks: "Why is the Snyder Freeway full of road signs with metric and standard numbers?" 

We've all taken the Snyder several times. Maybe to work at the Ford plant or maybe to spend money at the Paddock Shops. But, if you're anything like a lot of drivers, you had no idea some of the signs on the Gene Snyder were any different from others you see on Interstates 71, 64 or 65.

"I've never really paid attention," said one driver.

Emily's right though. In addition to miles, kilometers are also on those signs we pass everyday between La Grange Road and I-71. 

"In Denmark, where I come from, it's all in kilometers, so I like the metric," said Morten Pedersen.

But, before you try to figure out how kilometers equate into miles and vice versa, Andrea Clifford from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will tell you there's no reason to worry about any of it. 

The only reason the signs were put up in the first place is because all indications, back in the 90s, suggested that America's road sign system was going to convert to metric and standard numbers.

"Sometime after that, the push to go metric died. And, we didn't want to spend the money to totally replace those signs," said Clifford.

As you look down the road, miles appear to be sticking around. 

"When they're up for replacement again, we'll replace them with just English units," she said. Though, it sounds like that could take a while. 

"Those signs won't come down until they're starting to show great wear and tear," Clifford explained.

Question answered.

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