The system will eventually consist of 45 vehicular signs and 22 pedestrian signs along with 27 kiosks for more detailed visitor information.
The wayfinding system generally targets the area bound approximately by Northwest 10, Reno Avenue, Shartel and Bricktown. Drivers exiting I-40 and I-235 downtown will also be greeted by the new blue and white signs pointing the way to various destinations including the National Memorial, Bricktown and the Arts District. The Arts District includes the Oklahoma Museum of Art, Stage Center and the Civic Center.
“Wayfinding replaces the typical city hodgepodge of unrelated signs with a unified system. People can’t be expected to navigate downtowns by relying on unfamiliar street names and addresses,” City Manager Jim Couch said.
“This wayfinding system is expected to make our citizens and visitors feel comfortable and confident about coming downtown whether it’s for business, culture or entertainment,” he said.
The wayfinding project is funded through Proposition 1 of the 2000 General Obligation Bond Issue approved by voters on December 12, 2000.
Cobb Engineering and Jeffry Corbin Design did the system design and engineering. Manufacture and installation was carried out by J. & B. Graphics.