Yakima County commissioners approve bid for $72,575 to install winery direction signs

YAKIMA - New street signs pointing the way to Lower Valley wineries took another step forward this past Tuesday, when Yakima County commissioners approved a bid for installing the signs.

Eagle Signs of Yakima submitted the low bid for the project at $72,575 and was awarded the job. County engineers had estimated installing the signs would cost $63,299.

Kent McHenry is the transportation engineering manager for Yakima County, and he says the county plans to eventually erect signs at 35 locations around the county to promote winery and ag tourism.

"We have a two-fold problem," McHenry said. "People are having difficulty finding the wineries and about 80 percent of the wineries don't meet the state criteria for tourist-oriented signs."

McHenry says the overall cost for the project will be in the range of $125,000 to $150,000 and will be funded through the county's Supporting Investments in Economic Diversification (SIED) fund that targets projects for economic development.

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