BERLIN - Drivers entering and leaving Berlin can now see new signs welcoming them and saying thank you for visiting.
A dozen gateway signs were recently installed throughout the town.
“The Economic Develop-ment Commission thought it was important to have appropriate signage at the major gateway entrances to the community,” Economic Development Coordinator Jim Mahoney said via email. “Most towns have similar gateway signs. It was our goal to have signs of high-quality design and materials so that they would project a positive image of the community.”
The signs feature the town seal at the top and “Incorporated 1785” at the bottom of the welcome side.
The locations are on the southbound lane on the Berlin Turnpike at the Newington town line, the northbound lane of the turnpike at the Meriden town line, the southbound lane of New Britain Road at the New Britain town line, the northbound lane of Chamberlain Highway at the Meriden town line and Mill Street at the Cromwell town line.
There are also signs on Deming Road at the Rocky Hill town line, the intersection of Farmington Avenue and High Road, Southington Road at the Southington town line, and locally at Spruce Brook and Adkins Street near the Middletown line
The signs are also on Main Street in East Berlin at the Middletown line, Reservoir Road at the Southington town line and Christian Lane at the New Britain line.
Made of aluminum and standing 9 feet tall and 3 feet wide, they were manufactured by Creative Sign Designs of Tampa, Florida at a cost of $17,980 and were installed by Berlin-based Germano Fence Co. at a cost of $6,000.
Funds for the project came out of the capital improvement account for the Economic Development Commission and council approved funds for the project over the years until there were sufficient funds available, said Mahoney.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.