Fort Wayne officials dedicated "a second chance to make a first impression" this morning at the southeast corner of Ardmore Avenue and Airport Expressway.
Mayor Tom Henry cut a ribbon to celebrate completion of project that includes a 25-foot monument-style sign, street widening, decorative street lights, four other directional signs and curb and drainage improvements designed to make visitors driving from the Fort Wayne International Airport to lodgings in Fort Wayne have a good impression of the city.
The project took $4.1 million and 10 years from a concept to completion, including more than a year in construction, officials said.
The centerpiece of the project is the tall and skinny sign reading "Fort Wayne" with three ribbon-like streaks representing the rivers. The sign by Creative Signs, Fort Wayne, is lit at night in white and blue and has a feature that makes it look like the rivers are moving.
"You don't often get a second chance to make a first impression," Henry said, adding that the airport corridor left something to be desired before the improvements.
Now the city has a burnished image both for business leaders who might be considering locating here and residents returning home from their travels, he said.