LAURINBURG — Wayfinding signs have finally made an appearance on the streets of Laurinburg.
In total, there are 11 signs spread throughout the area, eight of which were purchased jointly between the city of Laurinburg, the Laurinburg-Scotland County Chamber of Commerce and the Scotland County Tourism Development Authority. The Tourism Authority bought the other three to direct people to local hotels.
The eight signs cost $16,000— split between the three entities. The city has a $4,000 grant from ElectriCities to help fund its portion of the signs.
The Tourism Authority purchased the extra three for $2,000 a piece totaling $6,000.
Officials are glad that the signs are finally up.
“I think it’s great to have because it will help both residents and tourists,” Scotland County Tourism Director Cory Hughes said. “It was a good job with everyone involved.”
“We were focusing on hotels because we wanted to make sure people getting off at different exits would know where to go,” Hughes said. “We also had the responsibility to point people in the direction of other things they might be going to like the hospital or the university.”
The signs feature interchangeable panels as well to make it easier to advertise festivals and events that are held in the city such as SpringFest and the Highland Games.
Each of the signs directs to different areas around the city such as downtown, Scotland Memorial Hospital, Richmond Community College, Scotland County Courthouse, Laurinburg police station, and the Laurinburg-Scotland County Chamber of Commerce.
The idea was brought to the city council in February and the council approved the signs at the March council meeting. The signs feature the tagline “deeply rooted” under the Laurinburg logo and are primarily blue and green.
The tagline was created with the help of ElectriCities and council approved the wording with council member Mary Evans explaining that Laurinburg is a tree city.
The locations will be; in front of Bright Hopewell Church, across the road from the high school’s entrance, in front of the Shell gas station sign prior to the Chamber of Commerce sign, the intersection of North Main Street and West Church Street, at the intersection of Hasty Road and McColl Road, at the corner of South Main Street and East Church Street, at the intersection of Atkinson Street and West Church Street, near Walmart adjacent to Golden Corral, coming off exit 184, the corner of Ford Drive and South Main Street, and the last sign is at Ford Drive and the service road to the hotels.