By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Signs welcoming visitors to “The Heart of Mercer County” will soon be up at major entryways to the city of Princeton.
Grant funding allowed the city to replace the aging welcome signs and a slogan contest was held to provide a new motto to adorn the signs. Architect Todd Boggess with E.T. Boggess Architects said the signs reading “Welcome to Princeton: The Heart of Mercer County” will be installed in the city’s entryways within the next 30 days.
“The sign bases are in, other than additional sign we are adding at the Athens Crossroads,” Boggess said. “We are finalizing the location of the Athens Road sign with the Division of Highways. The signs themselves are pretty close to being finished. Within the week we are hoping to have the bases all finished and within the next 30 days we are hoping to have all the signs up.”
Boggess said three large signs will be erected at the intersection of U.S. Route 460 and Ingleside Drive, near the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment barracks near the Route 460 and Interstate 77 interchange, and at the intersection of 460 and Courthouse Road.
Additionally, four smaller signs will be built on Route 20, Route 19, at the Athens Crossroad and another sign designating the downtown historical district on the eastern end Mercer Street.
Vice-Mayor Marshall Lytton said city officials are eager to have the new signs up.
“We have been exciting about getting these new signs up there,” Lytton said. “We are hoping to get them up there to spruce up the city. They are going to be beautiful signs. They will have the new slogan on there we selected. I think the ‘Heart of Mercer County’ is a great slogan for Princeton.”
Boggess said the signs will use solar power to stay lit at night.
“Lighting on the signs will be charged with solar panels,” he said. “These signs will be green and self-sustaining. They will charge at day and keep the lights on all night.”
Boggess said the new signs will be a great boost for Princeton.
“It’s a nice opportunity to upgrade the welcome people get when they come into Princeton and show the city’s progress,” Boggess said. “Princeton is a pretty progressive city and it will be great to have something showing that. This will help drum up some excitement for Princeton.”
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