Downtown street signs upgraded. Is it the work of the Streetscape Task Force?

Last Friday,  I got this email and photo from Steve Wilmot:

downtown street sign removal photo by Steve WilmotGriff,

We may have some confused tourists today as all the street signs for Division Street appear to be in the back of this City truck.

Thought you would find this interesting.

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I took these photos over the weekend, assuming that the signage replacement was part of the Streetscape Task Force‘s downtown beautification efforts. The brackets used to hold up the signs appears to be consistent with the the other iron work used for the wayfinding signs, for example.

But maybe not. In the March 2 Admin Memo, TJ Heinricy, Streets and Parks Supervisor reports:

Staff has been preparing street identification signage that will be installed soon. These signs are part of the ongoing street signage replacement project.


  1. Griff Wigley said:

    As I was departing my corner office at GBM this morning, I saw Bob Will and ask him about this, as he’s a member of the Streetscape Task Force. He said that the downtown sign changes were not paid for out of their pot of money. However, the City had agreed to use signage that was “in harmony” with the wayfinding iron work.

    March 13, 2012
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    I got this email from Streets and Parks Supervisor TJ Heinricy:

    Yes, the downtown signage was recently changed, but not due to the StreetScape Task force. This is an ongoing project from my dept.

    The City is replacing all street signs within the city limits. They are being changed from 4” letters to 6” letters. You will also notice that the signs now use upper and lower case letters. They are also made of a reflective material.

    I would estimate this project will take 2 to 3 more years to complete. The project was started on the West side of the city. The signs have also been changed on yearly infrastructure projects.

    March 13, 2012
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Hmm. Some of my photos show signs with both lower and upper case letters. But others show all upper case.

    March 13, 2012
  4. Mary Rossing said:

    In case anyone is wondering WHY the City is doing this, we are mandated by the State to change out all our signs to those that have higher visibility. We don’t have a choice. And if I recall, the project was estimated to cost the City about $40,000. Unfunded mandate.

    March 13, 2012

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