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SOU installs gateway signs on Siskiyou Boulevard

Southern Oregon University is installing new gateway signs on opposite sides of its campus as a part of its construction of two residence halls and a dining area.

Work started Wednesday at the traditional location of the school's marker at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Mountain Avenue, and will move south to the boulevard's intersection with Indian/Wightman Street, where two additional signs will be installed, university officials said.

The sign currently being installed will be set back about 15 feet from the sidewalk corner there, and stretch about 25 feet across the lawn, according to plans released by SOU.

The curved monument wall-style sign will replace the former, and much smaller, plywood and steel post sign that once adorned the corner, said Jim Beaver, director of interactive marketing and media relations at SOU.

The signs are being paid for out of the university's $56.6 million investment agreement surrounding the North Campus Village project.

A similar sign will be installed on the south side of Siskiyou Boulevard's intersection with Indian/Wightman Street, said Jon Eldridge, vice president for student affairs at SOU.

An additional sign installed on the north side of the intersection will include a reader board to display current and upcoming athletic events, and other happenings around campus, said Beaver. The design and placement of the signs was approved by the University Planning Council and the city of Ashland's Planning Commission last fall, said Eldridge. The signs were designed by Ken Cairn Landscape Architecture of Ashland. The sign on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Mountain Avenue is scheduled to be completed by early June, said Eldridge. The others are expected to be completed as the Campus Village project wraps up before September 2013, he said.

Reach Sam Wheeler at 541-499-1470 or swheeler@dailytidings.com.