New “Baltimore” Signs Installed at City/County Lines in South Baltimore and Around City

| February 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bold new signs have been installed around Baltimore City at various locations where the city meets Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County. The 15 new “Baltimore” signs, which have vertically-stacked letters that let drivers and pedestrians know they have entered the city, are inspired by the iconic Baltimore sign at the entrance of Baltimore City on I-295. That sign, which was installed in 1970s, has also been refurbished with new paint and metal.

The new 15 ft. signs in South Baltimore are located at the city/county lines on Frederick Rd., Wilkens Ave., Washington Blvd., S. Hanover St., and Fort Smallwood Rd. Several of the sites now have signage for the first time. A taller 35 ft. version of the signs will be installed in three weeks on I-83 at the northern border of the city.

Along with the sign on I-295, the two signs along Rt. 40 have been refurbished. These signs have horizontal lettering.

The initiative began in 2015 during Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration when a signage competition was launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts (BOPA). Ashton Design, in partnership with Triangle Signs, was selected as the winner.

In addition to being inspired by the I-295 sign, the new signs have an angle design at the bottom which is a reference to the southwest border of the city as well as the lines in the Baltimore City flag. The signs are orange and black, which the designers described as a memorable color palette that shows strength and optimism and is uniquely Baltimore. The signs are made of aluminum and steel.

The team began scouting locations for the signs in October and began fabricating and installing the signs in November and December. Most of the signs have been installed at this point.

The total budget for the project is $225,000.

Map and renderings from Ashton Design


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