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New Names, New Logo Coming to Ohio Welcome Signs

a photo of a new Ohio welcome sign
The first sign featuring the new governor's name.

The state department of transportation has a bigger job than usual in changing the 38 road signs at Ohio’s borders that feature the new governor’s name.   

The signs are meant to last at least 20 years, so ODOT usually just replaces the names of the governor and lieutenant governor. But ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning says because the state’s tourism logo changed in 2015, all the signs were set to be replaced.

“We decided that it just made more sense if we’re going to change the signs to kind of hold off and wait until the administration change.”

There are nine signs that still have the “Heart of It All” slogan from the '80s. Four signs were replaced recently with the “Ohio: Find It Here” logo - including the largest ones, the 40-foot long signs over I-70 at Indiana. It will take a few weeks and $100,000 to replace the remaining 34 signs, with half of that paid by the tourism department.