New wayfinding signs appearing in Ogden Valley to guide visitors to recreation spots
Visitors to the Ogden Valley are going to find it a little easier to navigate as they look for popular recreation spots.
Throughout the summer, the county has been placing prominent wayfinding signage throughout the region with plans for more in the coming year.
Jessika Clark, public relations manager for Weber County, told the Standard-Examiner that the signage has been in the works since 2017.
“They’re supported by the Ogden Valley General Plan,” she said. “The purpose is to show the community that Weber County is willing to invest in them, and putting up these signs is a way to do that.”
Clark said the county has worked with the Utah Department of Transportation and Ogden City to implement them.
“There’s been a committee that decided and approved the designs,” she said. “The sizes were determined by UDOT’s requirements.”
In a press release from Weber County, Charles Ewert — principal planner for Weber County — said the signs will be an asset.
“The Ogden Valley General Plan clearly tells us to balance the quantity of recreational experiences available in the valley with quality,” he said. “These wayfinding signs are intended to not only direct visitors to their desired destination, they do it in a manner that communicates that this is a place willing to invest in itself for the sake of the visitor’s experience. It should also be noted for local residents that the direct and affirmative guidance of the in-person signs will help reduce nonlocal traffic in residential areas in ways that GPS can occasionally fail to do.”
Clark said there’s been numerous reports of people losing their way, even with GPS, in the valley.
In total, 30 signs will be deployed along highways and county roads in the Ogden Valley. Additionally, single-pole pedestrian wayfinding signs will be placed along the Pineview Loop pathway.
Clark said 20 signs have been placed so far with the remainder set to be deployed in May 2024.