Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 12, 2013

City pride

Entrance signs enhance Princeton


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Motorists traveling in and around Princeton in recent days have noticed the new welcome signs that have been erected at various entrance sites into the city.

All of the new solar-panel powered signs have been installed, but minor work must still be completed before the sign installation project is to be completed, according to Todd Boggess with E.T. Boggess Architects.

Three large signs are now up at the intersection of U.S. Route 460 and Ingleside Drive, near the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment at the Route 460 and Interstate 77 interchange, and at the intersection of 460 and Courthouse Road. Additionally, four smaller signs are now in place on Route 20, Route 19 and at the Athens Crossroad. A fourth sign designating the downtown historical district has been placed on the eastern end Mercer Street.

The signs also come with a new slogan for the city, replacing the old “Gateway to Four Seasons Country” wording. They now simply read, “Welcome to Princeton: The Heart of Mercer County.” The Princeton City Council held a contest last year to solicit new slogan names. The signs themselves were financed through a Transportation Enhancement grant the city received in 2010.

We, too, have seen the new signs, and they look great. The solar-paneled signage should go a long way in helping to promote the greater Princeton area.