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Carlsbad archway sign goes up

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CARLSBAD (CBS 8) – Carlsbad has a new 82-foot archway sign stretching across Carlsbad Boulevard welcoming visitors to the city.

The new landmark is modeled after a similar sign that hung in the same place on Carlsbad Boulevard at Carlsbad Village Drive in the 1930's.

The 20,000 pound sign was loaded on an 80-foot truck in Oceanside and arrived around 6:30 p.m. Monday night in Carlsbad. The project has taken more than a decade to complete.

“It's been 14 years and three months,” said realtor Carlton Lund.

The realtor as been the crusader behind the project since Encinitas hung their own sign in 2000.

Locals, visitors and workers who engineered the sign that stands 29-feet tall and stretches across Carlsbad Boulevard stopped to take pictures Monday night.

“It's awesome, I've been wanting this ever since I moved here 6 years ago,” said Carlsbad resident Zeus Kilpatrick.

San Diego neighborhoods and Encinitas are known for their archway signs identifying their community.

Kids who skateboard in the area think it will be positive for the community.

“I think adding the sign will be amazing and be an attraction,” said Bodhi Craft.

As crews worked to install and hoist the sign over the roadway it drew a big crowd with many people taking selfies, “We needed a sign like this,” said a Carlsbad mother.

Over the past decade the project has drawn some criticism. The plans have changed several times but in June after making changes to the design by renowned marine artist Robert Wyland the Carlsbad city council approved the donated sign.

“Nothing is easy that is worthwhile,” said Lund.

With Lund's dedication the sign will be at no cost to the city. TaylorMade Golf Company donated $225,000 for the design, fabrication and installation of the sign. Lund says the LED lights will also keep the power bill down to 24 cents an hour and he hopes will be paid for by donations with “24 cents An Hour to Power” campaign.

“Made my heart happy an unbelievable experience,” said Lund.

A meter still needs to be installed to light the sign. The official lightening ceremony will be on January 8 at 5:30 p.m.

A city spokesperson says big crowds are expected so she is recommending people carpool to the event.

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