Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION 1
I would like to install markers. Can you sell them to me? Do you have funding to help me pay for new markers?

The KMT facilitates the installation of new markers at-cost for adopting municipalities, organizations, and individuals.  As seen on our website, several models of marker signs are available at present. If you would like to purchase markers or marker parts, please check our this page.

We will help you in working with your local PennDOT officials to get approval for installing a new marker. For a list of PennDOT engineering districts, click here.

Additionally, in the future, it is our hope entities who demonstrate a commitment to the Keystone Marker Trust Principles will be able to apply for grant funding to cover the cost of new marker installation or existing marker restoration. Currently, there is no funding to help with marker repair or reinstallation available through KMT, however we are actively seeking funding through several avenues.

We would greatly appreciate a letter from you in support of our quest for funding to help others adopt markers.  The text of a sample letter of support can be found here.

QUESTION 2
I would like to restore markers. Do you do it?  Do you know who can? Can you give me the information in order to do it?

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has encouraged its eleven Engineering Districts across the state to enter into agreements with local civic groups to adopt the markers and the Keystone Marker Trust facilitates that adoption. Where no adopting group is available, the KMT serves as the custodian itself.  The KMT provides adopting organizations with marker restoration and repair guidelines and facilitates negotiations with PennDOT regarding marker adoption.  If you would like a copy of our marker restoration guidelines, including paint color information, please let us know.  Our marker adoption webpage provides some guidance for repair of markers in just about any condition.  If your marker requires only cleaning and painting, you may choose to do the work yourself using the guidelines mentioned above.  If your marker is cracked, a cast iron repairman can help, and we know of a few shops we recommend.  If your marker is missing pieces of the sign, many autobody shops can replicate portions using fiberglass.  We have had experience in this respect and will work with you individually to guide the process.  If your marker is missing its ball finial, we can provide you with replacement  finials.  In most cases, if your marker's sign is badly cracked or missing pieces, you are better off replacing it with a historically-accurate sign through the KMT.  Cast in ductile iron, it is more durable than the originals but looks exactly the same.  You can have cast into the marker "sponsored by" or "in honor of"  information.  See here for ordering information.

In some cases, the KMT will restore a marker itself.  We generally look to partner with a historical society, civic organization, municipality, or individual to complete this work. 

While the KMT encourages municipalities, groups, and individuals to adopt markers, and publishes guidelines for marker care, we do not assume responsibility for those who adopt markers nor do we warrant the repair work they do to the markers.  Under no circumstances do we assume any agency relationship with or obligation for adopting parties, their contractors, the markers, or other persons.

QUESTION 3
Do you have records of all of the markers?

A searchable list of all known markers is available through the Keystone Marker Database.  We also welcome new submissions when a marker is located and offer an online form and a printable form to use while gathering information while working in the field.  In addition, we encourage anyone that may be interested to volunteer with our effort.  Contact jatogr@embarqmail.com if you would like to volunteer.

QUESTION 4
How do I obtain the correct paint colors to restore my markers?

Original Keystone Marker paint colors are available through Pittsburgh Paints. They are automotive paints and are PPG #12908-# 929525 Keystone Marker Blue and PPG #82291-# 929526 Keystone Marker Yellow.  If you are unable to obtain that paint we can supply it and send it at cost.

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