Gateway sign clears hurdle despite hefty price tag

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

How badly does Hamilton need a “gateway sign” that would greet motorists as they travel into Hamilton?

That question has gone before city politicians who have voted 7-to-4 in favour of spending 230 thousand dollars on the design and construction of a sign along Highway 403 near the Highway 6 Interchange.

The cost has caught some councillors off guard, but General Manager of Public Works Gerry Davis insists that it’s not a simple project and must be contracted out. Davis notes that the city does not have the expertise to fabricate the giant letters spelling Hamilton.

Opponents of the project suggest the money would be better spent on road repairs.

If given final approval next Wednesday, the sign will be constructed in time for next summer’s Pan Am Games which supporters like Ancaster’s Lloyd Ferguson feel is critical.

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