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AMENDMENTS TO THE CLAIMS 

This listing of claims will replace all prior versions and listings of claims in 
the application. 

1 . (Currently Amended) A roadside post comprising: 

an elongate body formed of a single sheet of spring steel, said body having a 
longitudinal axis, a transverse axis transverse to said longitudinal axis, a body front face 
and a body rear face, said body front and rear faces transversely extending generally 
parallel to said transverse axis, said body being elastically bendable through 90 degrees 
from an unbent state about said transverse axis , said body formed with a plurality of 
longitudinally extending ribs, each rib having an apex separated from the apex of an 
adjacent rib by a trough ; and 

a surface coating applied to said body front and rear faces and respectively 
providing an exposed front surface and an exposed rear surface of said roadside post. 

2. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 1 wherein said body is elastically 
bendable through 90 degrees from said unbent state about said transverse axis to 
either side of said longitudinal axis. 

3. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 1 wherein said body has a 
Rockwell hardness of C40 to C47. 



4. (Original) The roadside post of claim 3 wherein said spring steel is high carbon steel 
C1075. 

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5. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 1 wherein said body has a 
transverse width of approximately 75 mm to 120 mm. 

6. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 1 wherein said sheet of spring 
steel has a thickness of approximately 0.9 mm to 1 .5 mm. 

7. (Original) The roadside post of claim 1 wherein said body has a substantially 
arcuate transverse cross-section. 

8. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 7 wherein said transverse cross- 
section has a radius of approximately 100 mm to 250 mm. 

9. (Original) The roadside post of claim 1 wherein said body has a channel shaped 
transverse cross-section comprising a central web and two lateral flanges. 

1 0. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 9 wherein the angle 
formed between said web and each said flange is approximately 150 degrees to 175 
degrees. 

1 1 . (Original) The roadside post of claim 1 wherein said post further comprises a 
rigid base adapted to be driven into the ground, a first end of said body being fixed to 
said base. 



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12. (Original) The roadside post of claim 1 1 wherein said base has a tapered end 
longitudinally distal of the body, said base tapered end being adapted to be driven into 
the ground. 

1 3. (Original) The roadside post of claim 1 wherein a first end of said body is 
adapted to be driven into the ground. 

14. (Original) The roadside post of claim 13 wherein said body first end is 
tapered. 

15. (Original) The roadside post of claim 1 wherein said body includes a mark 
indicative of the location of the surface of the ground when said post is driven into the 
ground to a design depth. 

16. (Original) The roadside post of claim 15 wherein said mark is a hole. 

17. (Previously Presented) A roadside post installation comprising the roadside 
post of claim 1 in which said post is driven into the ground. 

18. (Previously Presented) The roadside post installation of claim 17 wherein a recess 
is formed in the ground immediately adjacent said body to allow uninhibited bending of 
said body, said recess extending across either of said body front face and said body 
rear face. 



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19. (Previously Presented) The roadside post installation of claim 18 wherein said 
recess extends approximately 50 mm to 150 mm from said transverse axis at the 
surface of the ground. 

20. (Previously Presented) The roadside post installation of claim 18 wherein said 
recess has a depth of approximately 50 mm to 1 50 mm. 

21 . (Previously Presented) The roadside post installation of claim 18 wherein two said 
recesses are formed in the ground, a first said recess extending across said body front 
face and a second said recess extending across said body rear face. 

22. (Previously Presented) The roadside post installation of claim 18 wherein said post 
further comprises a rigid base adapted to be driven into the ground, a first end of said 
body being fixed to said base, and the entire said base is located beneath the surface of 
the ground. 

23. (Previously Presented) The roadside post installation of claim 22 wherein a top of 
said base is located at a depth of approximately 50 mm to 150 mm beneath the surface 
of the ground. 

24. (Previously Presented) A method of installing the roadside post of claim 1 , 
said method comprising driving said post into the ground. 



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25. (Previously Presented) The method of claim 24 further comprising forming at least 
one recess in the ground immediately adjacent said body to allow uninhibited bending of 
said body, said at least one recess extending across either of said body front face and 
said body rear face. 

26. (Previously Presented) The method of claim 25 wherein said at least one recess 
extends approximately 50 mm to 150 mm from said transverse axis at the surface of the 
ground. 

27. (Previously Presented) The method of claim 25 wherein said at least one recess 
has a depth of approximately 50 mm to 150 mm. 

28. (Previously Presented) The method of claim 25 wherein two said recesses are 
formed in the ground, a first said recess extending across said body front face and a 
second said recess extending across said body rear face. 

29. Canceled. 

30. (Currently Amended) The roadside post of claim [[29]] 1 wherein oach sa i d r i b has 
an apox soparatod from tho apox of an adjacent sa i d r i b by a trough, said apexes of 
each adjacent pair of said ribs bo i ng are laterally separated by about 5 mm to about 25 
mm. 



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31 . (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 30 wherein each said apex 
protrudes about 0.2 mm to about 0.8 mm from an adjacent said trough. 

32. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 13 wherein said body further 
comprises a barb located toward said first end of said body and projecting toward an 
opposing second end of said body. 

33. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 1 wherein said body includes a 
taper at a first end thereof, said taper extending outwardly from a central portion of said 
first end. 

34. Canceled. 

35. (Currently Amended) A roadside post comprising: 

an elongate body formed of a single sheet of spring steel, said body having a 
longitudinal axis, a transverse axis transverse to said longitudinal axis, a body front face 
and a body rear face transversely extending generally parallel to said transverse axis, 
said body being elastically bendable through 90 degrees from an unbent state about 
said transverse axis, having a substantially arcuate cross-section and including a mark 
at a position indicative of the location of the surface of the ground when said post is 
driven into the ground to a design depth, and a barb located between said marker ho l o 
mark and a first end of said body and projecting toward an opposing second end of said 
body , said first end of said body being tapered to enable said body to be driven into the 
ground, and said body being formed with a plurality of longitudinally extending ribs, 

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each of said ribs having an apex separated from the apex of an adjacent rib by a trough. 

36. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 35, wherein said mark is a hole. 

37. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 35, further comprising: 

a surface coating applied to said body front and rear faces and respectively 
providing an exposed front surface and an exposed rear surface of said roadside post. 

38. (Previously Presented) The roadside post of claim 35, wherein: 

said body has a transverse width of about 75 mm to about 1 20 mm; 
said sheet spring steel has a thickness of about 0.9 mm to about 1 .5 mm,; 
said arcuate transverse cross-section has a radius of about 100 mm to about 250 
mm; and 

said body is elastically bendable through 90 degrees from said unbent state 
about said transverse axis to either side of said longitudinal axis. 

39. (Currently Amended) The roadside post of claim 35 wherein: 

sa i d f i rst ond of sa i d body i s taporod to onab l o sa i d body to bo dr i ven i nto tho 
ground; and 

sa i d body i s formed w i th a p l ura li ty of l ong i tud i na ll y extend i ng r i bs, oach of sa i d 
r i bs hav i ng an apox separated from tho apox of an adjacent r i b by a trough, said apexes 
of said adjacent ribs bo i ng are laterally spaced by about 5 mm to about 25 mm, each of 
said apexes protruding by about 0.2 mm to about 0.8 mm from an adjacent said trough. 



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40. Canceled. 



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