The final hurdles for the installation of new wayfinding signage around Great Bend has been cleared, said Christina Hayes, community coordinator and CVB director, addressing the City Council Monday night. The project has been in the works since earlier this year.
“The permits from the state were just approved so we’re hoping to have all those wayfinding signs installed by spring,” she said. They had hoped to have them in place by year’s end, but the licensing took longer than anticipated.
The CVB will work with Mark’s Custom Signs and the Street Department. Before things can get started, though, they had to secure permitting and licensing from the Kansas Department of Transportation, necessary since some of the installations will be on state highways.
There will be 15 at first (replacing the current ones which she said desperately need replaced) in different areas of the community promoting different attractions and points of interest. Thematically, the new signs will match the new large entrance signs on North Main and near Railroad Avenue and U.S. 56.
They will stand about 12 feet tall.
A CVB project, it is part of their strategic plan, Hayes said.
After this project is done, also in keeping with the strategic plan, they will focus back on the city entrances that have no signage now.