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Is It Time to Update Your Street Signs?

Bird City Wisconsin Street Sign
An up-to-date street sign

How can you tell if your community's street signs need updating? Look at the bottom of the signs. If the orange stickers say, "SUSTAINED FLIGHT," and indicate a number of years, then your signs are out of date. The signs should say "SINCE [year]," as shown in the photo at right.

Updating your signs is easy, and you'll have to update them only once. Follow the directions below to remove the old stickers and apply new ones. To obtain new stickers, send an email to .

What you'll need to update your street signs:

  • New "SINCE" and year stickers
  • Razor blade
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Rag
  • Goof Off, Goo Gone, or similar product
  • Credit card (for smoothing)

How to remove old stickers:

  • Remove both the old "SUSTAINED FLIGHT" sticker and the old "# YEARS" sticker.
  • Using a razor blade placed flat against the sign so you don't scratch the surface, gently push against the edge of a sticker to lift a corner.
  • Slowly pull the sticker off using a needle-nose pliers or your fingers.
  • Using a rag and rubbing alcohol or an adhesive remover, wipe away any residual adhesive.

How to apply your new stickers:

  • Both the new "SINCE" sticker and the new year sticker go beneath the word "WISCONSIN."
  • Remove the white paper backing from the sticker, exposing the adhesive on the back of the letters/numbers.
  • Align the bottom edge of the orange letters/numbers 1/2 inch from the bottom of the sign. Leave space between the "SINCE" and year stickers for the screw used to hang the sign.
  • Applying a little force, use a credit card to ensure that the sticker adheres to the sign fully.
  • Very slowly, peel off the transparent paper. (If there is a bubble, pierce it with a pin.)

What about "High Flyer" stickers?

If your community has earned High Flyer status, congratulations! Follow the instructions above to place your "High Flyer" sticker in the dark green greenery above the word "CITY."

To obtain new stickers, send an email to .


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