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Joplin installs new wayfarer signs

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The City of Joplin, Missouri, on Friday unveiled one of a series of 37 new wayfarer signs to help guide travelers to attractions in the city.

The first one is at 423 S. Range Line Road, according to the Joplin Globe.

Joplin’s stretch of the historic Route 66 highway will be marked by versions of new signs as well.
The last round of signs were installed in 2009 but are being replaced because they do not comply with recent changes to federal highway and Missouri Department of Transportation standards that include the use of a reflective coating to help read the signs after dark.
The new signs cost $53,000 and the historic Route 66 signs were another $30,000. They were paid for out of the bureau’s 4 percent motel tax.

A local news station had video of the unveiling:

The Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau said on its Facebook page the signs would be installed within the next two months.

(Image of the new and old signs via the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau)

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