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April 2, 2014

Interesting findings: 3 new signs in Jeffersonville are wrong

Mistakes to city signs won’t cost extra money

JEFFERSONVILLE — Three misprinted or misplaced signs around the city have caused some Jeffersonville residents to do double-takes while on the street or sidewalk.

A sign on Spring Street southbound near Wall Street is in the wrong place, one on Court Avenue eastbound at Meigs Avenue has an arrow for the Howard Steamboat Museum pointing the wrong way and the last is on Meigs Avenue northbound at Court Avenue that misspelled Warder Park as “Warden” Park.

Kelly Phillips, Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise Zone director, said the mistakes by outside sign companies and the Urban Enterprise Association will not cost the association any money.

The misprinted signs themselves will not have to be replaced — just the vinyl adhesive letters and symbols, Phillips said.

“They’re very easy to change,” she said. “Each word comes off separately and each arrow comes off separately.”

The misplaced sign on Spring Street will be moved to its proper location on Riverside Drive under the Big Four Bridge.

Phillips said the signs fit into a base like a sleeve, so moving the sign from Spring Street will be easy, too.

Because not all of the 57 vehicular signs and 12 pedestrian signs have been installed — they are being stored in a truck — Phillips said she doesn’t know how many of them are incorrect.

“There’s not a way for me to see them before they go up,” she said.

Last fall, Phillips began OK’ing the final copies of the signs before they were printed.

“They sent me a proof sheet, and I corrected everything on the proof sheet,” she said.

Dennis Voss, project manager for Harmon Sign Co., the printing company, said the typo for the Warder Park sign was made between the proofing and printing.

“It looks like it was just a simple error when the person went through with the drawing,” Voss said. “For some reason, it just didn’t get put on the last drawing.”

The cost for Harmon to replace the lettering is “negligible,” Voss said, and added that sign misprints are not completely out of the ordinary.

Phillips said she was responsible for the error on the Steamboat Museum sign, incorrectly marking the direction of the arrow after staring at a city map for an hour to assign arrows to 69 different signs.

Of the three companies involved in the wayfinding signs project — RLR, Harmon and Showtime Signs — none are familiar with Jeffersonville well enough to recognize the errors on their own.

“It’ll be a couple weeks before it’s fixed, but it’s in the works,” Phillips said.

The streetscape wayfinding signs project has been ongoing since 2010, when some downtown business owners asked the redevelopment commission to add more signage.

“I’m born and raised in Louisville, and growing up I didn’t realize the difference between New Albany, Clarksville and Jeffersonville,” Phillips said. “I think this helps define Jeffersonville.”

More welcome signage will be put in at the Interstate 265 interchange at Ind. 62 and at 10th Street and Court Avenue once Ohio River Bridges Project construction is finished — a time that will see a greater influx of people from outside Jeffersonville.

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