Charles pointed out a new sign here in Great Falls. I drove by it today for the first time, and will admit that it is indeed a lovely sign welcoming folks to Great Falls. What I don’t understand is…how on earth does something like this wind up costing $100,000? The federal government, via something called “Community Transportation Enhancement Program grant,” paid for $86,500, and the City paid the other $13,500. As I said, it’s a lovely sign – but seriously, couldn’t this have been done for much less money?
Perhaps via a local community-service organization, or volunteer group, or something like that…with donations-in-kind from local merchants, maybe. It just seems like a lot of money for a sign. And as for the Community Transportation Enhancement Program that funded the lion’s share of this project: the mission of the CTEP is, “…to expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life, and protect the environment.” Hmmm…sure, the sign is nice and welcomes people to Great Falls, but I have a hunch that the $100K would be much more appreciated by the citizens of Great Falls if it had gone towards, for example, a protected-left turn from 10th Avenue (eastbound) onto 20th Street. That would have improved the quality of life more than the sign, wouldn’t it?