Unnoticed amid the fuss over the fountain on the corner of Sixth and Main, the city moved ahead with two new gateway signs on westbound Seventh Avenue. One of the two signs was lighted for the first time on Thursday night, just in time for the 67th annual North Carolina Apple Festival.
Featuring the town's signature "H," the signs are made of vertically posted historic granite curbing the city has salvaged as it has installed new curb and guttering. They're on the either side of U.S. 64 west on the southwest and northwest corners. The signs are controlled by dusk to dawn photosensors.
The gateway "H" signs are part of the city's $1.4 million makeover of the 500, 600 and 700 blocks of North Main Street, the third phase of the downtown work that replaced water and power lines and storm drainage, upgraded sidewalks and crosswalks and added benches and tables.