A monument sign with a rustic design incorporating wooden timbers and a base of river stones was the winner among public voting in Leadership Fresno's effort to erect "Welcome to Fresno" signs at the north and south gateways to the city.
Leadership Fresno's Class 30 will take the winning design, selected from among three contenders designed by Darden Architects, to the Fresno City Council for approval on Thursday. The California Department of Transportation must also approve the signs and locations.
The design, dubbed "Kings Canyon," received about half of all the votes cast on the leadership class' Facebook page (www.facebook.com/welcometofresnosign) and at several in-person events since Jan. 21. The sign's surface will be steel, textured and colored to look like wood, and framed with wooden beams atop a base of San Joaquin River stones.
Two locations are proposed for the signs: one along northbound Highway 99 near the Cedar Avenue/North Avenue exit, and the other along southbound Highway 41 north of the Audubon Drive overpass. Leadership Fresno representatives said they hope to have at least one of the signs built by June with help from developers and contractors.
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