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Study calls for new signs in Aspinwall

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It could be easier for drivers and walkers to find their way through Aspinwall.

Officials are considering a study of signage in the borough by Carnegie-based KMA Design as the first part of a plan to improve how people traverse the borough.

The study would cost $6,605 and include a review of all the current signs in the borough and ideas for the design of new signs and an estimate of the cost. A committee first began looking at signs through the borough's participation in the Allegheny Together program, an economic-development program run through the county.

Though members of the committee had hoped council would approve the study last week, officials wanted more time to review the proposal.

Councilman Kevin Gordon said while he wasn't against the firm or the need for more signs, he wanted to take a closer look at the information presented before making a decision.

“We really weren't aware of what you were doing,” Gordon said.

Councilman Joseph Warren said while he was fine with waiting to vote on the proposal, improved signs would be beneficial to the community and help local businesses.

“We might have the businesses but we need to complement it with the signage and wayfinding systems,” Warren said.

If the firm is hired it would take care of removing old signs and work with PennDOT for any signs needed on Freeport Road, borough manager Melissa Lang said.

Marianne Gladstone, a member of the committee that reviewed the need for signs, said after looking at signage in other communities, it became clear that Aspinwall has a need.

“All of the other neighborhoods have these signs,” Gladstone said. “We should have that.”

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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