State to inspect highway signs in wake of fall - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

State to inspect highway signs in wake of fall

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin inspecting 600 highway signs across the state like the one that fell onto Interstate 65 near a busy shopping mall.

The sign fell Monday onto the interstate south of Nashville near an exit leading to Cool Springs Mall. No vehicles were hit.

The sign that fell and others like it are called cantilever signs, which are supported by only one pole on one side. It was 15 years old.

Department officials told WSMV-TV in Nashville that they believe prolonged exposure to wind created by tractor-trailers may have contributed to the problem.

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