Fort St. John upgrading entry signs

Myron Mayne
07/05/2018

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Fort St. John’s welcome signs will be getting a new look.

The City is starting with gateway signs as the first phase in its urban tourism sign plan.

Council approved 400 thousand dollars to complete the project over four years beginning in 2017.

City officials say the new signs are important in helping visitors get around the city and energizing the community.

“It’s kind of the first thing you see when you enter the community; it gives you a sense of community. We want those signs to be attractive to the point where, you know, folks are going to turn off the Alaska Highway, they’re going to come into Fort St. John,” said Ross deBoer, Director of Recreation and Leisure Services.

The city hopes to have at least one sign up along the Alaska Highway by the end of the year.

City staff say they are excited to see the project finally moving forward.

“It’s going to be fantastic to actually pull the trigger, and the tender is gone out this week. It’s going to be fairly tight timeframe; it’s a short building season. So, you know, we’re crossing our fingers. Hopefully we get some good interest in the construction,” said deBoer.  

City officials say they hope the new sign will give the community an energy boost.

The board of tourism will look for additional funding for the other three signs next year.

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