Sign company, legislative funding teaming in Dagsboro gateway replacements

DAGSBORO — Business and legislative support have given new life to Dagsboro’s friendly welcome to travelers along DuPont Boulevard.

Milton-based Rogers Sign Company is taking the lead reins and State Rep. Rich Collins, R-Millsboro, is providing the funding for two new gateway signs that will replace those in the highway median just north and south of the U.S. 113/Del. 26 (Clayton Street) intersection.

“We’re moving forward with getting those through Rogers Sign Company,” said Dagsboro Town Administrator Cindi Brought.

In November, the town council nixed efforts to replace one of the median signs that was toppled during a storm. Town leaders based their decision on restrictions, mandates and permits now required by the Delaware Department of Transportation.

Among the restrictions was type of materials used for the sign.

“Rogers Signs has offered to do all of the permitting issues that DelDOT requires now. The town could not afford or have the time to take care of it all,” said Ms. Brought. “We’re going to do the new materials that are required and all of that. Rogers Signs is taking care of everything.”

The sign company will handle traffic and flagging — another DelDOT requirement — during installation, Ms. Brought said.

The one sign still standing offers a “Welcome to Dagsboro: Named for Revolutionary War General John Dagsworthy.” That sign is not in the best shape and would probably need to be replaced soon, Ms. Brought said.

Total ballpark cost for both signs is around $4,000.

Rep. Collins, whose 41st District encompasses Dagsboro, Millsboro, Frankford, Selbyville and Gumboro, intends to cover the entire cost through his share of Community Transportation funding allocated to state legislators.

“Rep. Collins has been in touch with me. A lot of the locals were upset that it was not going to be taken care of,” said Ms. Brought. “Now, we’re definitely replacing both signs.”

“I hooked them up with Rogers. They are a sign company and that’s their business,” said Rep. Collins, R-Millsboro. “I just try to help these small communities that have limited resources. If I have some money left over, and it (request or need) is not a huge amount, I do my best.”

At present there is no firm timeframe for installation, but Ms. Brought expects it could take some time for permitting to be completed and approved.

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