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Signs of Change

Lawrenceville gets a new look with signage project aimed to spruce up the city.

The City of Lawrenceville is getting a facelift. New signs are popping up all over the city to spruce up the landscape. Drive from SR316 onto Buford Drive and you’ll get a peek at the work in progress. The huge Lawrenceville sign at the corner of the intersection features a brick base, wood beams and sleek black trimming and lettering. The final piece, which hasn’t been installed yet, will be a zinc medallion featuring the city’s logo.

The new look is part of the Lawrenceville signage project. "The overall purpose was to give Lawrenceville a more unified look, as well as making it easier for visitors to find key landmarks throughout the city," said city councilman P.K. Martin, IV. The idea was birthed two years ago during a meeting with the Downtown Development Authority.  The city council gave the project its stamp of approval. After that, a committee, formed with members of the DDA, and Lawrenceville residents, reviewed and accepted the concept. The public had input before the final vote. “Feedback from the DDA and Lawrenceville citizens has helped us shape an idea into a new overall look and concept for the city,” said Councilwoman Katie Hart Smith.

Sky Design won the bid for the project.  They're also the award winning company behind the signage at Atlantic Station in Atlanta.  DeNyse Signs manufactured them and is completing the installation.  So far, you can see the “Welcome” signs at only a few locations, including  and the . That’s just the beginning. Department of Transportation (DOT) traffic signs and street signs are also getting a new decorative look. There will also be directional kiosks placed around the square. They will resemble the “You Are Here” signs at the mall, directing you to the nearest stores, buildings and restaurants.

The project is being paid for by money earmarked for transportation. The new signs are expected to be completed within the next month. “It gives the city a consistent image and consistent branding," said Smith. “The new signs are a very visible change to the landscape and help sets the tone that is warm and welcoming – that you have arrived to the city of Lawrenceville.”

Vanzetta Evans (Editor) July 29, 2011 at 05:00 PM
I like the new signs. They remind me of a modernized version of the town signs you see in Massachusetts.
Joy Marcelle July 29, 2011 at 06:49 PM
I like them as well. They have charm.
Robert David Hendrix July 30, 2011 at 08:44 PM
What a waste of money! How much will it cost to maintain or replace when they are damaged? Our SPLOST money was supposed to keep police and fire services, at least that what they always say when they beg us to vote for it.

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