Gateway Signs

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Gateway Signs

When we accepted our Scenic Conservation Action Plan it was recognized that the Mohawk Towpath Byway doesn’t have a complete family of signs.

Historic Dunsbach Ferry site Interpretive sign

Historic Dunsbach Ferry site Interpretive sign as installed in the spring of 2009. Photo courtesy of Nelson Ronsvalle.

We do have five interpretive signs using a single template.  We have way finding signs that a visitor can follow from one end of the Byway to the other.

Way finding sign erected by NYSDOT in 2006.

Way finding sign erected by NYSDOT in 2006.

We also have some new signs for the self guided cell phone tour of a number of Byway features.

Cell Phone Tour Sign

Signs for the self guided cell phone based tour of our key features.

What we don’t have is a “standard” gateway sign among our municipal partners.

What we want to avoid is an over crowded roadside sign scape similar to the one entering Clifton Park on Crescent Road. This cluttered collection of signs greets the motorist at the end of the I-87 exit 8 south bound ramp.

DSCN0093A New York State sign standard effectively marks the town boundary, but does not carry a clue to the character of the community.  This sign is located at the Byway’s mid-point on Riverview Road at the Clifton Park – Halfmoon town line.  Halfmoon GatewayA more elegant gateway sign is one welcoming the visitor to the hamlet of Rexford.  The gold lettering on a darker colored background framed in gold colored appointments makes a statement about the community even in an early season snow storm.DSCN0095

Perhaps one of the more tasteful and descriptive signs is the gateway sign that stands where the Cohoes Crescent Road becomes North Mohawk Street in Cohoes.

Gateway sign for Cohoes.

Gateway sign for Cohoes.

This well proportioned sign incorporates a number of unique features including the Cohoes Falls and City Hall architecture. Seasonal accents add a touch of civic pride.

Do we need a “standard” gateway sign or should these signs remain individual and unique, defining the character of the municipality?  We are interested in your thoughts and feedback.  Please add your comments below.

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