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The 14th Street underpass closed today for mural painting

May. 12, 2013 @ 02:03 PM

HUNTINGTON —  The 14th Street West underpass will be closed through Thursday, May 16.

Volunteers will be cleaning the underpass and painting a new mural on the walls. The 14th Street West underpass will get a facelift beginning next week as part of an effort to revitalize Old Central City.

A new mural on the underpass will pay homage to Duncan Box and Lumber and the J Taylor Auto Museum, two mainstays of the small commercial district.

The project has been in the works for about two years, said Joanna Sexton, owner of Hattie and Nan's, an antique shop on 14th Street West and project manager for the Old Central City Association.

The murals also will include signs pointing to key attractions in the area, such as Heritage Farm Museum and Village, The Museum of Radio and Technology and the Central City Farmer's Market.

"Bulldog Creative Services has been instrumental in getting this mural ready to go," Sexton said. "They have been the muscle behind the work."

The walls were pressure washed Friday, May 10, and volunteers from Bloss & Dillard Insurance Managers will paint the mural backgrounds Sunday, May 12. Local artists will add the details to the murals on May 13 and 14. Motorists are urged to use alternative routes while the work is being done.

The Old Central City Association received federal Community Development Block Grant funds to pay for the murals as well as five new wayfinder signs that will be placed in the commercial district and near the 17th Street West exit of Interstate 64. The signs will match other wayfinder signs that have been placed in downtown Huntington and along main arteries into the downtown, Sexton said.

See some photos of the work and read more about the murals in Monday’s Herald-Dispatch.