Greensboro Science Center Will Be Provided With Interstate Signage
Greensboro, NC – Today it was confirmed that signage for the Greensboro Science Center will be installed on the I-840 loop. The signage will be installed near the Battleground Avenue / Lawndale Drive interchanges. This will direct traffic to the GSC, which may help to increase visitation and patronage for the Center.
The issue arose when Glenn Dobrogsz, the Chief Executive Officer of the GSC, contacted Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) to inquire about signage. Due to the GSC’s distance from existing highways, it was previously difficult to have signage installed for the Center.
Hardister contacted NC DOT Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills, who confirmed that signage for the GSC will be installed on the I-840 loop that is being constructed around the City of Greensboro.
“I have confirmed that the signing for the Greensboro Science Center is on our current signing plans with the construction of the loop, U-2524D, that goes from Battleground Avenue to the Lawndale Drive interchange (Exit 8),” Mills said. “At this time, the section from Battleground Avenue to Lawndale Drive may be opened to traffic next year. The section of the loop from Lawndale Drive to US 29 is currently under construction.”
Mills continued, “This sign for the Greensboro Science Center, which will be brown in color, will be signed on the loop, in advance of the Lawndale Drive interchange, and will be a ground mounted sign that will be 16 feet long by 7.5 feet high. The sign will say ‘Greensboro Science Center Exit 8.’ There will also be a similar sign on the ramp which will be 7 feet long by 2.5 feet high which will say ‘Greensboro Science Center,’ with an arrow pointing to the right.”
“As a strong supporter of science and education, I am thrilled that we are going to have these signs installed,” Hardister said. “This will help to direct visitors to the Greensboro Science Center, which is a major asset for our community. The Greensboro Science Center provides important educational services and it is a catalyst for tourism and economic development.”
“It took 14 years and an urban loop, but for the first time in GSC history we will have big brown tourism signs on the interstate,” Dobrogosz said. “I could write a short novel about this ‘battle’ and the bureaucratic unwillingness to make minor exceptions to rules for the good of Greensboro tourism. This has literally been going on since the opening of Animal Discovery. But, that is now in the history books.”
Dobrogosz continued, “Once they are installed, I will ask admissions to track any kind of uptick in gate. This may seem small to some, but this is huge to me.”