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San Miguel welcome signs on Highway 101 are nearly complete

The new San Miguel welcome sign on northbound Highway 101 is nearly complete.
The new San Miguel welcome sign on northbound Highway 101 is nearly complete.

The new “Discover San Miguel” signs at each end of town are getting a lot of attention and compliments.

Meetings with county officials began about four years ago to choose a design, wording and letter styles, but Caltrans required some changes, and unforeseen costs slowed the project.

According to Mike Britton, capital projects manager for the transportation division, grant funds came from various government agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration and the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG).

The project included extending sidewalks from 11th Street south to the Mission; however, environmental problems encountered in the block from Ninth Street to the Mission meant that sidewalk segment could not be built at this time.

There is still some finishing work on the northbound welcome sign, and the lettering needs to be added to the southbound sign. The project cost about $880,000, including a $580,000 grant from the county. Britton estimates completion by mid-February. At that point, an itemized account will be available, he said.

Bingo and pancakes

Senior bingo starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center on east 12th Street. The monthly senior pancake breakfast will be held Sunday morning from 8 to 11 a.m.

On Feb. 7, the group’s Super Bowl party begins at noon. Bring finger foods to share.

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Lynne Schmitz is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 467-3565.