An updated landmark is returning to Woodbridge.
Crews are installing the new 140-foot sign for Potomac Mills Mall along I-95 in Woodbridge this week.
It’s expected to be completed between Saturday and April 8, according to American/Interstate Signcrafters Field Project Manager Thomas Miller.
The structure will replace the 180-foot sign, which was removed in March 2018 after it was damaged by strong winds.
Parts of I-95 and Telegraph Road were closed while the sign, which had begun to lean, was inspected and taken down.
Miller said he believes the new sign’s steel poles are larger and stronger.
“Hopefully that ensures that this will be up for a lifetime,” he said.
Working on the project has been an honor for Miller.
“I know when I first came up here and we just broke ground, it seemed that all the locals were very happy that the sign was going back up,” he said. “So, it actually gives you a little sense of pride that we were restoring something that everybody has missed.”
Project leaders began the project about four weeks ago.
They have faced some challenges with the site’s logistics, Patriot Steel Fabrication Field Operations Manager and Project Manager Rick Boothe explained.
However, he added, it has also been a “great project.”
“It’s been fun working out in that community. We’ve had a lot of visitors come through — a lot of local people asking questions. It’s been fun on that side of things, as well,” Boothe said. “And it’s been fun to put up something different than we normally do on a day-to-day basis. We typically put up structural steel, and stairs and rails.”