First of 10 Traffic Signal Box Wraps to Be Unveiled on July 12

First of 10 Traffic Signal Box Wraps to Be Unveiled on July 12

Beautiful Downtown Lewiston (BDL) invites the community to a street corner reception to unveil the first of 10 beautification installations in downtown Lewiston at noon on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Community members will gather on the corner of Main and 5th Streets to witness the unveiling of the first vinyl wrap printed with historic photos of the intersection. The vinyl wrap will be installed on the metal box that contains the traffic signal equipment. “Similar installations in other communities are printed with art and are proven to deter unsightly graffiti,” said Courtney Kramer, BDL Executive Director. “Instead of art, we decided to celebrate Lewiston’s unique history and provide a wayfinding map to help pedestrians navigate downtown Lewiston.”

The content was developed by Dr. Amy Canfield’s Spring 2017 Public History course at Lewis-Clark State College. Students researched each of the 10 intersections in downtown Lewiston where traffic signal boxes are located and drafted text interpreting each location’s history. The students also selected photographs to use from historic photo archives at the Lewiston Tribune, the Latah County Historical Society, and the Nez Perce Historical Society.

BDL secured a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council to partially fund production of the signal box wraps. Additional funding for the project came from the Lewis Clark Association of Realtors, Visit Lewis Clark Valley, and a handful of private donors. BDL has about 60% of the total funds needed to produce and install all 10 signal box wraps. BDL will hold a crowdfunding campaign July 12–19 to with a goal of raising $7,000 to complete this project, as well as other downtown beautification initiatives.

Donations to the project may be made on BDL’s website.