Callander’s new road signs are coming this spring

Callander’s request for new road signs has been approved by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and starting this spring, new entrance signs will be installed at all municipal boundary points.

The ministry has approved the new signs which include the Callander logo for installation at all provincial highway entry points and at the Nosbonsing Road boundary with East Ferris. MTO pays for the fabrication and installation of the signs.

Callander is also working with MTO to find a new location for the “Welcome to Callander” sign on Highway 11 North, before the spur between Lake Nosbonsing and Highway 654. “Easements are required,” Timothy explained. McKenna, Callander’s chief operating officer, “and that will take some time to process.”

However, “this is expected to be completed by the spring of 2023,” McKenna added.

City staff also worked with TWG Communications to finalize the design of the entrance sign at Cranberry Drive. This new sign will replace the existing sign, “which currently sits within the city limits of North Bay,” McKenna explained. The new sign will be installed in late spring or early summer.

Callander allocated $40,000 in its 2022 budget to improve signage within the municipality. This amount included a $5,000 grant from Frank Cowan Insurance.

City staff expects the total cost of the new sign at Cranberry Drive to be $37,149.33 including taxes. This includes design fees for TWG, shipping and installation. A solar lighting system will be installed, the cost of which is estimated at $2,500.

Staff admitted that “replacing the gateway key entry sign at Cranberry Drive has been a longer project than expected”, but will “finally be completed in the summer of 2022”.

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