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Bristol, Virginia Installs New Wayfinding for Downtown Bristol

November 02, 2016

Bristol, Virginia Installs New Wayfinding for Downtown Bristol

Bristol, VA (October 28, 2016)—The City of Bristol, VA has begun installing a series of new directional signs to assist motorists in finding downtown Bristol from Interstate 81. The first of the signage is up along Lee Highway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for traffic coming from Exit 5.

The signs are being paid for by a Virginia Main Street (VMS) Downtown Investment Grant of $20,000 awarded to Believe in Bristol. To reduce costs and provide the matching commitment needed for the grant, the Bristol, Virginia Public Works Department is fabricating the signs in its sign shop and installing them.

The signs are part of a wayfinding plan that will also include signs to direct motorists to public parking lots downtown. Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol, notes that way-finding signage has been a top priority for the Believe in Bristol Board of Directors for several years. “In order to continue our growth and revitalization efforts, downtown must become more motorist and pedestrian-friendly. Our design committee worked with the Bristol, VA city staff on the design and locations for the planned signage,” stated Blevins.

The design for the signs mimics the iconic Bristol Sign on State Street with a curved grid pattern at the top. The Virginia Main Street program provided free design assistance from Frazier Associates.