Landmark Sign to be Removed

By: Andy Chaves
By: Andy Chaves

An Aurora landmark will soon become a thing of the past.

At the intersection of Nebraska Highway 14 and "N" Streets in Aurora, is a sign pointing in the direction of Aurora's downtown district. After over 35 years of being at that location, the sign will come down sometime this week.

Aurora City Council voted to remove the "Aurora arrow" sign after the Nebraska Department of Roads said the sign is in the state's right of way. The City of Aurora didn't recieve permission to put it there. The state also contends that the sign is dangerous, based on it's location.

Marlin Seeman, Aurora's mayor, doesn't oppose the state's opinion or the city council's vote. Seeman says, "It's a safety issue, in that the sign hangs over the top of the right of way, and should something happen in terms of it breaking loose, then there could be injury to pedestrian and vehicle traffic."

The city does plan on building a new, modern sign on the south side of town. As for the old sign, the mayor hopes to put the old sign in a museum.

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