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Williamsburg wants citizen input for downtown ‘Wayfinding’ project

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The City of Williamsburg wants people to fill out a survey for new wayfinding signs and other improvements to Downtown Williamsburg. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

People who want to share their opinions about parking and signage in downtown Williamsburg now have the chance to do so.

The City of Williamsburg wants residents to fill out a survey for a new project to help make it easier for people to find their way around downtown: The Downtown Wayfinding Project.

“The city is developing a plan to enhance the existing wayfinding system to make it easy for visitors and residents to navigate around downtown, promote parking opportunities, encourage local shopping and dining, and market special events,” according to a city news release on Monday.

“The city has hired MERJE, a nationally recognized design firm with specific expertise in Community Wayfinding, to work with the community to create a well-designed and consistent signage system,” it added. “The result of this work will include a consistently-branded set of directional and informational signage that is scaled to help navigate from Interstate 64 to key locations in the city.”

The survey is online and closes Monday, March 8 at 5 p.m. You can check out the survey here.

In addition, one of the project’s goals is to “reduce clutter where possible,” to focus on the downtown part of the city including parking and pedestrian movements. The firm plans to take the “character and culture of the city” into account as it designs the wayfinding signs.

“MERJE hosted a public meeting in January as part of this process,” the City of Williamsburg said. “The city currently has vehicular directional signage but much of it is inconsistent or inadequate.”


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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