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Mayor Introduces Electronic Sign, Revamped Bridge Concept

Plans include building a false facade to improve the look of the bridge over SOM Center Road. Electronic signs would be included on both sides of the bridge.

City officials are exploring plans to over SOM Center Road and turn it into a proper entranceway into the city.

The plan is only in a concept stage and will likely be modified as officials study it more, said Mayor Susan Drucker, who introduced it this week before the safety committee at .

The concept calls for building a false facade on the bridge with a decorative steel arch with "Solon" in the center. The false facade would appear to be part of the bridge.

Two electronic signs would be displayed on each side of the bridge so cars heading in both directions could see the signs.

The retaining walls along the road would also be revamped with brick, Drucker said.

Drucker said she hopes to bring preliminary cost estimates to the safety committee in August.

Electronic signs would "minimize the unsightly and sometimes unsafe condition of the bridge," Drucker wrote in a memo to the safety committee last month.

Right now, Service department workers have to walk out on the bridge to hang the signs over heavy SOM Center traffic, so an electronic sign would eliminate that potentially dangerous work.

It also would prevent signs from coming loose and falling on cars below.

tomcody July 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
more wasted $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$..
Jim Prinzo July 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Go ahead Solon and continue to destroy this town. Can you waste more money? Can you make Solon appear more Plastic? Can you create more traffic distractions? Can you eliminate what little personality the bridge banners give to Solon? You just don't get it do you.
Jack July 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM
"Destroy this town"? Maybe when the drama queens calm down and unwad their panties, more rational people can post. MAYBE being the key word.
James Thomas July 14, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Meet Jack, aka Jack Kelly, aka Troy McClure, aka Tom Tucker, aka Thomas James, aka et al. Patch, this individual has been kicked off numerous times and needs this incarnation to disapear as well.
Solon Bull July 15, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Why spend money to beautify something that can not be beautified. Remove the bridge and take the dip out of the road there. More danger comes from that low area flooding during high traffic periods. If hanging the banners is dangerous for city workers, then discontinue the practice.

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