New signs going up in FD

The first of a series of blue and white signs that will point the way to things like public parking lots and the Blanden Memorial Art Museum is in place in downtown Fort Dodge.

The new marker is on the east end of the Karl King Viaduct at Second Avenue South and Third Street.

“There definitely will be more to come,” said Stephanie Houk Sheetz, the senior city planner.

About 120 of the signs will be put up over the course of three to five years, under a plan crafted by the Image Committee of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and the Webster County Trails Task Force.

The total cost of installing all of the planned signs is estimated at $143,000, according to Houk Sheetz.

The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District board voted in March to commit $23,972 for the signs that will be placed downtown. However, that money won’t be spent unless other organizations also chip in to help pay for them. The district is a roughly 33 block downtown area in which property owners pay an extra tax to finance improvements there.

Houk Sheetz said grants are being sought to help pay for the signs.

In addition to parking lots and the museum, the signs will direct people to places like the Fort Dodge Public Library on the City Square and the Webster County Law Enforcement Center, 702 First Ave. S.

The signs that will eventually be placed throughout the city will look like the ones that will be located along trails in and around Fort Dodge. Those trail signs and kiosks will be paid for with state grants from the Vision Iowa and Iowa Great Places programs.

The signs in the city will each measure 4 feet by 4 feet and will be supported by two black poles.