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New 'Wayfinding' Signs Installed on Richmond Highway

Phase 1 Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation's Wayfinding Signage Program marks major commercial areas.

Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation will commemorate the beginning of the installation of wayfinding signage on Wednesday as part of its efforts to revitalize Richmond Highway.

The program aims to create a cohesive feel for Richmond Highway and guide visitors to historic and cultural amenities.

Phase I includes 12 signs that mark Richmond Highway’s commercial areas: North Gateway, Penn Daw, Groveton, Hybla Valley, and Mount Zephyr. Of these signs, seven will be gateway signs and five directional signs will be installed, according to SFDC Marketing and Communications Director David Ben.

The installation began on Thursday and will be completed in the next few weeks, Ben told Patch.

The Richmond Highway Wayfinding Signage program is part of a statewide pilot program by VDOT that SFDC conceived in 2005, according to a statement issued by SFDC.  

SFDC collaborated with VDOT, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, TMG Construction, and Merje, a design firm, to ensure the signs comply with visibility and safety laws.

“We are extremely excited about these wayfinding signs, and believe they will continue to improve people’s image of the Richmond Highway corridor,” SFDC Executive Director David Versel said.

SFDC will host a dedication event Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the “Mount Zephyr” sign, which will be in front of the Potomac Square complex located at 8405 Richmond Highway. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland and Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay will attend. 

T Ailshire November 02, 2012 at 02:35 PM
After reading the story, I still don't know what a "wayfinding" sign or a "gateway" sign is.
Beth Lawton November 02, 2012 at 07:54 PM
They are, literally, signs to help you find your way or signs marking off specific neighborhoods along the Richmond Highway corridor.

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