Visitors to Payson are now being greeted by a large welcome sign that was recently installed along Highway 87 in front of Mazatzal Casino.
The concrete sign, which reads "Payson Welcomes You, Arizona Rim Country" was made possible through an Arizona Department of Transportation grant and cost the town nothing.
"The sign is a big, massive thing -- 16 feet wide by four feet high," Myron Robinson, ADOT resident engineer, said. "It has the town logo with the squiggly tree and it has cast-in lettering set into the face."
Also included in the enhancement grant is landscaping and the shade structures under construction at several locations along the Beeline Highway.
"The landscaping really amounts to improving sidewalk that's cracked and putting in a few decorative boulders and decomposed granite in different areas," Robinson said.
Some people feared the shade structures were going to be bus stops.
"They're just a spot where if a person is walking along and decides to sit a spell, he can pull over," Robinson said.
Town Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett says the shade structures are totally unrelated to the public transit study the town is currently conducting.