Visitors making their way toward Danville on the Lynch Road exit from Interstate 74 see industrial sites, large warehouses and several motels lining the road.
When they reach the stop sign at the intersection with Main Street, they face several decisions if they are not familiar with the area.
Which way to the downtown business district?
Where is Danville Area Community College?
Do I turn here for the National Cemetery or the VA Illiana Health Care System?
How do I get to Quaker Oats, Danville Metal Stamping or ThyssenKrupp?
Could the Vermilion County Courthouse be over there?
The lack of directional signs at the city’s entryways leave visitors guessing, not only about the way to the destination but about attractions the city has to offer.
With governmental budgets already tight, no one can expect the city, county or other entity to foot the bill for attractive signs to welcome and inform visitors.
The area’s civic and fraternal organizations, could pool their efforts — including their own information, of course — to take the guesswork out of a visit to Danville.
Other communities use a system of directional signs to highlight points of interest as well as guide visitors along.
Danville should be one of those communities, too.