April 1, 2010
“Pine City: Pop. 3,043.”
The signs travelers see on their way into Pine City on Main Street and Hillside Avenue will eventually reflect the city’s population increase but it is not likely that new signs will be erected until some time after the busy part of the road construction season in 2011.
Signs get ordered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and, before ordered, the agency has to receive “real” population figures. This accounts for the prolonged time period between census figures being announced and the receipt of new signs. In the metro area, $200,000 is budgeted for FY 2011 for the replacement of these signs, according to Mn/DOT planning figures.
Signage for the whole state is manufactured at the Office of Maintenance State Sign Shop in Oakdale.