CASA GRANDE — Interstate 10 signage now will be more specific about the approach to Casa Grande.

According to Mayor Craig McFarland, four signs were replaced on the I-10 stretch near exit 185 on the northern edge of Casa Grande.

Three of the signs now read “Casa Grande and Coolidge,” while the other sign says “Florence.” All the signs still include both names of State Route 187 and 387.

“It was my idea,” McFarland said. “I’ve lived here 14 years and every time I try to explain to somebody who’s coming down from Phoenix where to get off, I have to tell them to take the Coolidge/Florence exit and it was just eating at me. I asked ADOT if they would change it, it’s taken a year and a half to get it done.”

Previously the signs excluded Casa Grande and only mentioned Coolidge and Florence.

“I’m happy,” McFarland said. “I think Casa Grande deserves the recognition, it’s our first exit to the city. I’m excited that they actually listened to us and actually made the change. I know Florence may not be too happy, but they are on one of the signs.”

Last month, McFarland announced that he plans to form a marketing office to promote the city. Some of the ideas discussed were signage along I-10 and visitor guides in Tucson and Phoenix.

“This is one of the things in which I felt we had kind of been overlooked,” McFarland said. “The first attempt is to try to make sure that we have some recognition and the people know where Casa Grande is.”

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