San Pablo is looking to build a new gateway archway sign, as the existing archway has endured water infiltration and extensive damage in both towers, the city says.
The city took ownership of the gateway arch on San Pablo Avenue by College Center in 2001. It comprises of two stucco clad towers connected by a steel archway.
In 2010, after maintenance staff noticed water infiltration and damage, the city hired Ratcliff Architects to assess the sign. While there was not an imminent concern of collapse, the investigation confirmed water intrusion and deterioration, the city says.
Earlier this year, a proposal to demolish and reconstruct the sign reached the San Pablo Economic Development and Project Management Standing Committee, which not only instructed staff to look into building a new archway sign but also the possibility of erecting gateway signs at various entrances into the city.