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More colleges want the Manchester's help in pointing the way

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 03. 2014 10:25PM

MANCHESTER — Aldermen may take a second look at "way-finder" signs, after two more colleges have requested new signs meant to point drivers in the direction of the campuses.

The University of New Hampshire-Manchester has asked the aldermen to approve the replacement of its existing signs, after the university system's recent adoption of a new logo.

And Franklin Pierce University, which recently opened a satellite campus in the Millyard, has requested authorization to erect four signs near exit ramps.

The aldermen's Committee on Public Safety weighed both requests at its meeting on Monday. It approved the UNH request, but tabled the one from Franklin Pierce. School officials, Ward 4 Alderman Jim Roy noted, had not supplied a design for the sign, and one of the proposed locations was not on city land.

In the fall of 2012, aldermen gave the New Hampshire Institute of Art the green light to place its "NHIA" signs near several major intersections. Those signs have since been erected.

The latest requests prompted Ward 3 Alderman Pat Long to again call for way-finder signs at "gateway" intersections. Multiple institutions would be listed on the signs and they would have a uniform design.

"I think we need to look at a way-finder program with post-secondary educational institutions," he said. "I've got a funny feeling if we approve this one, two weeks from now we're going to get another call... They'll say, 'Where's my sign?'" The city's economic development office had proposed a way-finder sign program a decade ago, but it was never funded.

Long said he planned to again bring forward such a proposal for consideration by the full board.

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