Attraction signage that has been sitting in storage for almost four years is finally going to be installed around the city.
In 2017, the City of Castlegar began refreshing signage beginning with illuminated entrance signs and sculpture pads at the north, south, east, and west entrances to the city.
In 2018, illuminated wayfinding signage was purchased, but the city did not have enough budgeted funds to cover the installation.
At their April 19 meeting, Castlegar city council awarded a contract to install the signs to Martech Electrical Systems Ltd.
The scope of this project is for the design and construction work required for installation of power to the west entrance sign, 12 wayfinding signs, four marker posts for Millennium Park & Ponds, and uplighting at the sculpture pads at each entrance sign.
The twelve wayfinding signs are on northbound and southbound directions on Columbia Avenue between 20th Street and the Robson interchange and provide direction to the Community Complex, Millennium Park, City Hall, the Castlegar and District Community Health Centre, and the CPR Station Museum, among other destinations.
Marker posts will be installed between Columbia Avenue and Millennium Park & Ponds to direct traffic to the park.
According to the city, most of the signs are planned for public land, but five are on private land and require statutory rights-of-way (SRWs). Negotiation for SRWs began early this year and two agreements in principle have been signed.
In addition to the signage work, the Columbia Avenue crossing at 4th Street will be upgraded with overhead ambient lighting and an audible crossing signal. This work was added because the intersection was going to be disrupted as part of a sign installation, and the intersection had previously been identified as a desirable location for an audible crossing by the Abilities Awareness Advisory Committee.