The Town of Smithfield has embarked on a Wayfinding Assessment project with consultants, Frazier & Associates from Staunton, VA. A Wayfinding Task Force of 10 community and town contacts along with representatives from NCDOT have come together to manage this project. The first step in the process is to review what signage currently exists in Smithfield, issues to address like placement of signs, determining a sense of place, and proposing what needs to be signed in the community.
To keep the community informed and involved, below is the Wayfinding Assessment Questionnaire, please feel free to participate in this survey.
Wayfinding Design Process Background
1. A wayfinding sign system can help to promote your community and create a sense of place. A system is used to guide residents and visitors to primary and secondary attractions or destinations and to public parking. This type of system is distinct from normal road directional signs as the design is customized to the community.
2. The design and implementation process has several distinct phases. This phase includes:
- Information gathering which includes interviews with the interest groups like you as well as gathering pertinent printed information about the community;
- Reconnaissance of the community to inventory existing signs and road conditions; and
- Preparation of several design options.
- This phase will culminate with an assessment report that includes recommendations on design and implementation.
3. Subsequent Phases include:
- Analysis of all the information gathered and preparation of recommendations on travel routes and destinations to be signed;
- Preparation of construction intent documents and
- Sign system bidding, production and installation.