New Interstate sign aids French-speaking motorists

PLATTSBURGH Motorists will now notice a new sign greeting French-speaking southbound travelers of Interstate 87. New York State Department of Transportation installed the bilingual highway guide sign last week in an effort to welcome both English-speaking and French-speaking motorists who are customers of Plattsburgh International Airport, according to state DOT commissioner Astrid C. Glynn, in a statement issued Oct. 25. The sign, which reads Plattsburgh Intl. Airport, Aeroport Int. de Plattsburgh was installed approximately 1.5 miles prior to Exit 36, which leads to the airport. The new highway sign, which features the international airport symbol, has the same guidance to area businesses and attractions as its predecessor. With this installation, all highway guide signs on the southbound route to Plattsburgh International Airport will be signed in French, as well as English. The Plattsburgh International Airport is a growing hub of transportation activity, and it is essential that we welcome both English-speaking and French-speaking motorists who are airport customers, Commissioner Glynn stated. Under the leadership of Governor Eliot Spitzer, the Department of Transportation is working to broaden access to transportation facilities for travelers from New York State, from our neighboring states and from across the border in Canada. Our success is directly dependent on becoming Montreals U.S. airport, and that requires a welcoming experience for our Quebec friends, also stated Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce president Garry F. Douglas. These bilingual signs for the airport will send a very positive message, while directly reinforcing our marketing efforts as well. We thank Commissioner Glynn and the department for their flexibility in responding to this special request, which we made during her recent visit to the airport. The state Department of Transportation will continue to work with the Clinton County Legislature, Plattsburgh-North County Chamber of Commerce and local municipalities to address the need for bilingual guide signs on state highways. The department recognizes the need to work cooperatively with the region in promoting increased international commercial opportunities, the release stated. Plattsburgh International Airport, which opened for passenger service in June, is located one hour south of Montreal and caters to international travelers, and travelers from New York and surrounding states. A second bilingual sign, which will also be located southbound on Interstate 87 before Exit 36, will be installed in 2008.

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