Duluth awards bid for new signs

DULUTH — The Duluth City Council awarded a bid to IMG for the city wayfinding sign package during Monday’s city council meeting.

The entire package, which totals $888,662, will be done in three phases with the first phase costing the city $346,246. The first phase includes $146,246 for signage in city parks and another $200,000 for various signs within the city.

Included in that package is one large gateway sign at the entrance to the city on Pleasant Hill Road at the Chattahoochee River. Vehicular signs, downtown signs and pedestrian kiosks are also included.

“The large print on the vehicular signs will allow cars traveling between 45-55 miles per hour to see signs clearly,” said city planning director James Riker.

The project was broken up into three phases in part to full funding not being available for the project. However, breaking it up into phases will allow the city to get a start on improving the look of the city, making it easier for visitors and residents to find their way.

Bid awards

The council also approved $22,500 to go to Tunnell Spangler Walsh for a conceptual design for the Main St. redesign project. The total project estimate is $252,000 and calls for sidewalk improvement along Main St. to improve the street side parking and pedestrian sidewalks. “This is one of the pieces to the puzzle for the overall downtown redevelopment,” councilman Greg Whitlock said.

Also approved was a bid award to Pavement Technologies Inc. in the in the amount of $87,150 for asphalt rejuvenation of various city streets.

DPAC deadline extended

The council extended the deadline for the Duluth Public Arts Commission until Aug. 31. The original deadline was set to be Thursday, but with only six applicants, it wasn’t enough. When approving the DPAC, the council called for eight to be on the commission, including four from inside the city. As of Monday’s council meeting, only two applicants were from inside the city. “I think we need to extend it,” Mayor Nancy Harris said.