Legacy Dollars To Fund City Wayfinding Signs

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Legacy Dollars To Fund City Wayfinding Signs

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Mayor Tom Henry announced Tuesday that the City of Fort Wayne is accepting bids for the construction and installation of 54 “wayfinding” signs throughout the community. The project is part of the Legacy Fort Wayne initiative.

The signs will be located on primary transportation corridors throughout the city. Each sign will provide directions to major destinations frequented by out-of-town visitors. The sign locations and language are still being finalized.

“First impressions are critical to the economic success of our community,” said Mayor Henry. “In order to stay competitive, we need to ensure that tourists, investors and business leaders find our City welcoming and attractive. This system of wayfinding signs is one more piece of our comprehensive strategy to update corridors and ensure we have a vibrant and positive image.”

The signs will each be 4’x 8’ and made of aluminum. It’s estimated the cost for fabrication and installation will be approximately $300,000 and will be funded with Legacy dollars. Installation should begin in November and be completed by the end of the year. Bidding information is available on the City’s website at: http://bidding.cityoffortwayne.org/city.php

“Throughout the Legacy public outreach process, citizens repeatedly emphasized the need to create a more welcoming and attractive community,” said Mayor Henry. “These wayfinding signs will make sure visitors experience our hospitality and aren’t frustrated when trying to navigate our City.”

The wayfinding project is part of Front Door Fort Wayne, an award-winning plan that focuses on beautifying the community’s corridors. It incorporates existing landmarks, new landmarks, public art, lighting, signs, bike paths, sidewalks, landscaping, and public transportation facilities and puts a priority on celebrating Fort Wayne’s heritage and culture.

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