Iconic River Rock Street Markers along Foothill Boulevard
The Foothill Boulevard reconstruction project is moving along. Foothill Boulevard contains a variety of signs dating back to its glory days as Route 66. In recent days, concerns have been raised regarding the street marker signs. These iconic markers add to the nostalgia of Claremont’s portion of Route 66, are constructed of river rock and metal lettering, and can be found in the median islands along Foothill Boulevard. The design of these rock signs is often attributed to Millard Sheets. Several signs were constructed and reconstructed in recent years by City contractors as vehicles have collided with the signs.
There are fifteen rock signs in total on Foothill Boulevard. Seven of those will need to be removed as part of the project because their current location will result in them being in the roadway or too close to the curb, creating a safety concern. Due to the new left turn lane at Mills and Foothill, one of these signs was removed on February 20, 2019. In addition, there are two missing street signs that the City will be adding back to the street. The City will work with its contractor and Claremont Heritage to rebuild the signs that need to be removed, with the goal of reusing the existing river rocks and metal lettering, to maintain the classic Claremont feel.
One of the most iconic monument signs is located at the south-west corner of Mountain Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, made of rock and mosaic tile designed by famed artist Millard Sheets. This sign is not included with the Foothill Boulevard Master Plan project, but the City has been working with historical restoration companies to find the best method to preserve and protect the monument. In addition to preserving the monument sign, the City is developing landscaping plans to beautify the corner around the sign.