MOUNT DESERT — The installation of new wayfinding signs around town has already helped reduce the number of confused visitors. That was the message from public works director Tony Smith to selectmen on Monday.
He explained that business owners on Main Street in Northeast Harbor have told him the number of people asking for directions has dropped since the signs went up.
Several signs remain to be installed, and some are waiting for additional panels. They include one at the top of Harbor Road in Northeast Harbor, and a corrected version of a sign on Main Street.
Smith said he was planning to meet soon with officials of the United Church of Christ on Summit Road about placement of two signs there.
All the exposed pressure-treated plywood on the signs will be painted in the spring after having weathered over the winter. State sign rules prohibit painting the bare wood sign posts, Smith said.
One problem that has cropped up was a design calling for five pictograms, of services such as a fuel pump, restroom, dining establishments, etc., set for Route 198. As designed, the pictogram panels are too large and have been nixed by the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT). The number of pictogram panels will need to be reduced.
“If the architect had worked with the DOT ahead of time, we’d be money ahead.” Smith said. “I will return to the board at a later date with some suggestions as to which pictograms to keep and which to delete due to size constraints,” Smith said in a memo to Town Manager Durlin Lunt.
So far, the project has used up $14,450 of the $25,000 budgeted for installation. “I anticipate using approximately $3,500 to finish,” Smith’s memo states.