After considering a request to add “Indian Trail” to signs at two exits on Interstate 485, the N.C. Department of Transportation officials have agreed to put the town name on a sign at one exit.
Indian Trail town council member Chris King sent a letter to the N.C. DOT in August asking that the town’s name be added two four signs along I-485: two going each way at exit 51 for U.S. 74 and at exit 52 for Matthews.
King said Indian Trail, with a population estimated at more than 35,000, is now the biggest town in Union County, and is home to several businesses that draw tourists and other visitors from out of town.
He also pointed out that Matthews, Mint Hill and Monroe have signs along the interstate, and smaller popular populations than Indian Trail.
Mint Hill has 11 signs, King said.
N.C. DOT Division Engineer Louis Mitchell recently wrote to the town that the department would not change the sign at exit 51 sign, but would make some changes at exit 52.
The DOT will change the overhead “Matthews” signs to read “East John Street” and add ground-mounted supplementary signs with the words “Matthews Stallings Indian Trail Exit 52” by the exit in both directions.
Mitchell said the design for the signs is being finalized, and the N.C. DOT will pay for the new signs. Having the signs fabricated will take several months, he said.
Marty Minchin is a freelance writer. Email her with story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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