The Norman Transcript


September 25, 2013

Council considers navigational signage

NORMAN — City council members were presented with information regarding a wayfinding and signage plan to help visitors better navigate their way to venues and attractions.

During the conference Tuesday, prior to the city council meeting, Gurnsey Engineers talked about the wayfinding project’s short- and long-term objectives and goals.

The company has put together a concept that has already been adopted by two primary partners, the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Norman Chamber of Commerce, and is now seeking the city’s adoption of the concept.

If the concept is adopted, partners would move forward with an infrastructure and funding plan to implement a pilot program, which would involve a series of signs leading visitors to Norman’s Main Street district. That pilot program would cost somewhere around $80,000.

Phase One of the a pilot project which would include signage in northern, southern and central parts of Norman would cost about $256,000.

If the city adopts the concept, Gurnsey and city staff can begin talking with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation about signage along Interstate 35 leading to the Main Street district.

Right now is a prime time to capitalize on the opportunity, since the Main Street interchange is currently under construction and will be requiring new signs anyway which could otherwise be costly, said Kelly Kolar, an assisting designer for the project.

If the city agrees to a pilot project, the signage would then work its way into the community, guiding visitors to and from key destinations.

“We want to get individuals off the interstate and into Norman,” Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary said.

During the city council’s regular meeting, a non-consent item approved included the consideration of using an existing medical building for a youth treatment facility, which would focus on behavioral and emotional disorders.

The facility, on the northwest corner of East Robinson Street and Medical Arts Drive, would be for those ages 6 to 14.

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