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Oakwood welcome sign put back up
Contractor makes repairs at no cost to city, colleges
The Oakwood sign near the entrance to Lanier Tech and the University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus has been repaired and put back up. - photo by Tom Reed

The Exit 17 welcome sign for Oakwood off Interstate 985 is back up after being blown down by high winds on Dec. 20.

According to Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown, the sign was put back up three weeks ago. Along with the sign, Brown said new lighting is being installed to help make the sign more visible, and new stonework now surrounds the sign.

However, the electronic message board isn’t working. Brown said the message board is scheduled to be back on March 1.

“The (new) stonework is finished. The lighting is going to be tested, and the sign shop said ‘the electrical work was good’ on the electronic message board,” he said. “There was no cost to the city or the colleges. The contractor took full responsibility for (the sign) not being properly anchored the first time. The sign is properly anchored this time.”

The sign originally cost Oakwood and The University of North Georgia/Lanier Technical College $75,000.

The colleges use the sign’s message board to make announcements, and Oakwood advertises city-sponsored events.

The sign is located at Thurmon Tanner Parkway at Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway.