The Adirondacks and Catskills can keep their traditional yellow-on-brown trail and highway signs.
The Federal Highway Administration wanted New York to change the signs to white-on-brown to conform with park signs in other regions. The agency says the white lettering is more visible. The state has been allowed to use yellow lettering since the 1970s.
Michael Shamma of the state Department of Transportation told the Adirondack Park Agency last week that federal officials have agreed to allow most of the yellow-on-brown signs to stay.
The only signs that have to change are emergency signs for hospitals and police, and signs for transportation facilities like airports and train stations. They have to be white-on-blue to match signs elsewhere.