NEWBERRY — Newberry will soon have a refreshing new look around town with the addition of wayfinding signage.
Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt said two install dates have been set, with the first being Aug. 18-22, and the second, Aug. 25-29. Initially, they had three install dates beginning July 25, but production fell behind.
The good news, DeWitt said, is that the signs will be in the ground by the Aug. 29, the original target date for completion.
“We really wanted to make sure people were aware so they could be cautious of contractors installing these signs during those periods because they will be working in the road right of way,” DeWitt said.
Wayfinding is described as the art of using landmarks, pathways, and environmental cues to help first time visitors navigate without difficulty.
The proposed system was approved by City Council in March with a bid from Georgia-based Creative Impressions. Rodger Motiska of Rodger Motiska Design Inc. was contracted by the city last year to design a system,
City Manager Al Harvey said the firm came highly recommended.
In January, samples of the new wayfinding system were placed throughout downtown Newberry to get feedback from residents. DeWitt said the feedback he received was positive.
“This new system will not only make navigating easier for visitors, but thanks to valuable input from our community panel the design will help enhance our city’s appearance as they are very tastefully designed and really reflect the image of Newberry,” DeWitt said.
The wayfinding signage will surround the downtown area including the northern border near 10th Street stretching to Newberry College and Calhoun Street to Boundary Street and the rail line in the west side of town.
The system and signs will include the commercial downtown area, Newberry College, the visitor’s center/Chamber office, the Firehouse Conference Center, Newberry Opera House, the library and the Hampton Inn.
DeWitt said there will also be city welcome signs coming off the interstate at exit 76 across from Komatsu. In all, there will be over 100 wayfinding signs installed.
As the city upgrades the signs, DeWitt said residents will also see new signs in parks including Vincent Street Park and Kendall Park. More will be scheduled for the future.
“We are eager to wrap this project up in the near future and we hope the community will appreciate the results. We thank everyone in advance for their patience as we work to install this new wayfinding system,” DeWitt said.