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.