While Clovis residents slept early Friday, workers were returning the 70-year-old "Gateway to the Sierras" sign to its rightful place.
Workers were out at 4 a.m. reinstalling the 400-pound sign above Clovis Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets.
The 13-foot-wide sign was cleaned and refurbished while workers installed two steel support poles on the east and west side of the street.
The steel support poles were needed because the old wooden utility poles had been bowing, city officials said. With the new half-inch-thick poles, the sign can withstand a 75 mph wind gust.
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The sign was taken down more than a month ago to allow pole installation and sidewalk work to be completed.
Most of the $128,000 project was paid for with state and federal funds.