Downtown Laurinburg gets street sign upgrade


City to replace45 street signs

By Mary Katherine Murphy - [email protected]



Workers with Laurinburg’s street department carved ino concrete at the base of the street sign at Biggs and Cronly streets in preparation to uproot and replace it.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

City crews use a backhoe to dislodge the 25-year-old street sign at the intersection of Fairley and Atkinson streets on Tuesday.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Workers adjust the base of a new sign in place at the corner of Atkinson and Fairley streets.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

LAURINBURG — In an ongoing effort to spruce up the area, city crews have spent the last week tearing out the old and putting in the new at intersections throughout downtown Laurinburg.

The green-and-white geometric signs that have marked the juncture of city streets for the last 25 years are now a thing of the past. In the current year’s budget, the city council allocated funds to replace those signs, with their grime-encrusted facades and spots of rust.

Carving their bases out of the concrete and using a backhoe to dislodge them, workers with the city’s street department have done away with a total of some 45 old street signs and replaced them with newer models that comply with N.C. Department of Transportation Standards.

“DOT has strict requirements for what you can put up now,” said community development director Teddy Warner. “The signs that were there would not have been allowed if we did them now.”

The total cost of the street sign upgrade was about $20,000. With all new signs installed, the poles of standard-issue DOT and other signs will be painted black to achieve a more uniform style throughout the downtown area.

“They’re a more elegant and classy look and blend in more with other aspects of downtown,” said Warner. “We wanted something simple, but still nice-looking.”

Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.

Workers with Laurinburg’s street department carved ino concrete at the base of the street sign at Biggs and Cronly streets in preparation to uproot and replace it.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0699.jpgWorkers with Laurinburg’s street department carved ino concrete at the base of the street sign at Biggs and Cronly streets in preparation to uproot and replace it. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

City crews use a backhoe to dislodge the 25-year-old street sign at the intersection of Fairley and Atkinson streets on Tuesday.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0774.jpgCity crews use a backhoe to dislodge the 25-year-old street sign at the intersection of Fairley and Atkinson streets on Tuesday. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Workers adjust the base of a new sign in place at the corner of Atkinson and Fairley streets.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0792.jpgWorkers adjust the base of a new sign in place at the corner of Atkinson and Fairley streets. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange
City to replace45 street signs

By Mary Katherine Murphy

[email protected]

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