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Charleston has long-awaited welcome sign

AR-150709588CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A project eight years in the works can be seen now from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 approaching Charleston.

Susie Salisbury, Fort Hill councilwoman and vice president of community development for the Charleston Area Alliance, called the plot of grass at the Montrose entrance ramp the “perfect site” for Charleston’s welcome sign.

“I have been shocked at the overwhelming positive response that we have seen from it. People love it. And a lot of them are like, ‘Well it’s about time,’” Salisbury said.

While several of the city’s government and citizen committees have discussed the need to highlight Charleston’s gateways, this task force made up of members of the Wayfinding Commission, the Alliance, City Hall and the state Division of Highways has been meeting to make that plan a reality for a long time.

Salisbury was driven to action even more when HGTV called her about a show they planned to film in Charleston. The channel wanted to open the segment with a shot of the city’s welcome sign.

 “I had to say, ‘I’m sorry, we don’t have one…

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