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Twelve of the large concrete structure will be taken down along First Street.

This updates a previous version of this story.

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO - A Eugene contractor is expected to begin dismantling and removing 12 monument/ street signs along First Street the week of Jan. 16.Demolition work for removing 12 large street monuments along First Street in Old Town Sherwood has been set for the week of Feb. 6.

The planned dismantling of the large concrete structures will be completed by Brown Contracting Inc. out of Eugene.

Removal will include all four monuments at the intersections of First Street at Main, Washington and Pine streets. The width and height of the monuments have long been the subject of safety concerns involving pedestrians who can't be seen by motorists as they cross at those intersections.

Jason Waters, a civil engineer for the city who is overseeing the project, said he expects removal work on each monument to take approximately three days to complete and the contractor has 45 days to finish the project. Main and First streets will likely be the first site of the removal process, said Waters.

The monuments are actually in two pieces and some have fiber optics and other utilities inside them, which will have to be relocated or worked around. Since the streets in Old Town don't have curbs, bollards will be installed prior to each crosswalk for protection of pedestrians and to highlight for motorists where the curb is.

New street signs will be strapped to light poles. The monuments cost $6,500 each when they were installed in 2006.

Waters said removal of the monuments has generally met with support and that the removal is expected to be only a minor inconvenience for Old Town businesses.

The monuments cost $6,500 each when they were installed in 2006. Estimated cost of the project is $275,000, according to Assistant City Manager Tom Pessemier.

For updates, visit the city's website.

COURTESY CITY OF SHERWOOD - Here are the locations of the monuments that will be removed along First Street in Old Town Sherwood.

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