WENATCHEE — What says ‘Welcome to Wenatchee’ better than concrete, used cars and weeds?
City officials would like to find out.
The city is applying for $110,000 in federal roadside beautification funding to fix up three key entry points — the west end of the Sellar Bridge, the welcome sign at the north end of town and the junction of Wenatchee Avenue and Miller Street.
Public Works Director Dan Frazier said the money could pay for things like landscaping, irrigation, sign upgrades and similar projects.
He said drivers coming west across the Sellar Bridge are now greeted by a concrete mess where Stevens Street used to intersect but has been blocked off. He said City Council members are interested in making that look nicer.
Heading north, the city owns a small piece of property where Wenatchee Avenue and Miller Street meet near Valley North Center. Frazier said there has been a gas station, a car lot and now a building on that spot. The city could add some improvements close to the street to make that intersection look nicer.
Then at the city’s northern entrance, the “Apple Capital of the World” welcome sign is surrounded by tall weeds.
Frazier said the federal Transportation Alternatives Program money is only available every four or five years.