DOT signs for Arkville are on the way

By Pauline Liu
When those Catskill Park highway guide signs for Arkville finally arrive, they will be a sight for sore eyes for some so called, “Arkvillians,” who call the hamlet home.

While Arkville may be late in receiving its signs, some agree that it’s better late than never, to be included in the program. “I was thinking, ‘Where’s our signs?’” said Tanya Minteer, who owns the Meadowood Inn Bed and Breakfast in Arkville.

“I’m so happy that we’re getting signs, because the whole point of having those signs is to get people to stop. We want people to know that Arkville is a good place to stop,” she added.
It’s not clear, when the signs will arrive. A spokesman for the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) explained that two signs “calling out Arkville” are in the works and more Arkville signs are being planned for the second phase of the program. “There is no estimated time of arrival at this date,” said Dave Hamburg of DOT’s Region 9. “I do know that the Arkville signs are on the way. The Arkville signs will be installed within a quarter of a mile of each side of intersection,” he added.

The new federally compliant white-on-brown highway signs are topped with what DOT calls “a Catskill-theme sign panel.”  Each sign costs taxpayers $44. DOT is the lead agency for the sign program, which is aimed at promoting tourism, providing branding for the Catskill Park communities and offering continuity in signage.  The Federal Highway Administration and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are also participants.

The second phase of the program, which will launch this spring, features so-called “Way-finding signs,” to guide people to recreational facilities managed by DEC including campsites, hiking trails, fishing, and skiing. Spokespersons for DEC and DOT told the News that Arkville will be getting way-finding signs to guide visitors to hiking trails on Dry Brook Ridge and Balsam Lake Mountain, which can be accessed from the hamlet. 

According to DOT, the total cost for the signs is approximately $36,000 and the program is expected to take up to five years to complete.

Right now, the only new highway guide signs along Route 28 in Arkville leads visitors to Roxbury and Plattekill.

While a DOT supervisor in Delhi acknowledged that, “someone forgot” about Arkville, DOT has not offered an official explanation as to why Arkville was apparently skipped by the sign program. “Nothing has been forgotten and the two Arkville signs are on their way,” was all that Hamburg would say.