By Steve Hubrecht
Its been a long-awaited development, but Invermere will finally have a new sign at the crossroads, replacing the current entrance sign on Highway 93/95.
It took two years for Ministry of Transport approval, said District of Invermere (DOI) mayor Gerry Taft. Its taken a really long time, but were finally ready to go. It took forever to get approved.
Setting up the sign will affect some of the beautification efforts the Rotary Club has made in the crossroads area, but the district will replace anything affected, according to Mr. Taft.
Were going to ensure we fix it up because we recognize the effort that Rotary put into it, he said.
Work on the new sign is slated to begin the first week of July.
Its a rock and wood structure, said DOI director of development services Rory Hromadnik. Were basically modernizing our signage and cleaning it up a bit.
The new sign will have wood beams coming out of a rock pedestal with planters on either side. It will not have banners, but will still have directions to Invermeres downtown business core and to Panorama.
It is based on the designs in the districts 2004 sign manual.
The current entrance sign has been around for at least 20 years, and has suffered some damage throughout the years from vehicles sliding into it. It was due for a refresh, according to Mr. Hromadnik.
The district will also eventually put up smaller signs welcoming visitors to Invermere both north of the crossroads (in the direction of Radium Hot Springs) and south of the crossroads (in the direction of Windermere).
The district will have enough money in its budget this year to at least get the designs for the smaller signs done, but it may be awhile before they actually go up, said Mr. Hromadnik.