Street sign beautification efforts underway _lowres

Photo provided by Sharon Phillips -- New street signage is part of phase three of a beautifcation project in Zachary to replace old green street signs on 39th Street as well as along La. 64.

New signs are in place along 39th Street in Zachary, marking the third phase of the community’s street sign beautification project.

The highly visible signs, which can be seen in the Historical District and along La. 64, are funded by East Baton Rouge Parish road sales-tax funds available from the half-cent sales tax, according to Zachary city officials.

The half-cent tax mandates that for every dollar spent in East Baton Rouge Parish, 70 percent must be allocated for new roads, 27 percent for road rehabilitation and repair and three percent for beautification projects, officials said.

“This street sign project is aimed at beautifying our city. Each year, Zachary plans to replace old green signage with new, ornate and easy-to-read signs,” said Sharon Phillips, who oversees public relations for EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden as well as Zachary Mayor David Amrhein.

In addition to the street sign project, beautification efforts are underway on the medians dividing Church Street.

The medians will be professionally landscaped and colored brick pavers are being added, reducing maintenance efforts and providing a neater appearance, Phillips said.

“Medians and traffic islands provide a visual separation between driving lanes and help direct traffic, particularly at night,” Phillips said.

The medians also are being funded under the beautification portion of the parish road sales tax, she said.

Phillips invites Zachary residents interested in becoming more involved in beautification efforts to serve on the community’s beautification committee by calling (225) 654-0287.