The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has decided not to place an electronic reader board within the Winthrop town limits — solving a standoff between the Town Council and downtown business owners who argued that the previous plan to put the sign at the town limits violated Winthrop’s Westernization code.
Town Planner Rocklynn Culp said WSDOT will install the sign just west of the town limits near Rader Road. She said this week that she hasn’t seen WSDOT’s design for the reader board, which is intended to alert westbound drivers to changing conditions on Highway 20.
The council had OKed a WSDOT plan to install the electronic sign adjacent to the wood-frame gateway that greets eastbound visitors and bids westbound visitors goodbye. The town’s Westernization Architectural Committee and downtown business owners, who filed a petition asking the council to reconsider its decision, objected to the proposal as an affront to Winthrop’s Westernization requirements.
“The business community is impressed and thankful that WSDOT listened, heard, and responded to our concerns about maintaining the integrity of Winthrop’s Westernization ordinance,” said Cascades Outdoor Store co-owner Brian Sweet, who had organized the business owners’ petition to the council.