The intersection of Route 32 and Springfield Avenue in Sykesville was recently the subject of a face-lift.
Residents might have noticed workers over the summer constructing the new signage on either side of Springfield Avenue, laying bricks and putting a visible name to the area.
The new brick gateway signs mark the Warfield Commerce and Cultural Center and on Thursday at 10 a.m., Carroll County Commissioner Doug Howard, District 5, and Commissioner Dave Roush, District 3, will attend the ribbon cutting ceremony recognizing the new addition to the area.
"Signs of this scale and material are typically very costly, however, through a unique partnership with the Maryland Department of Corrections, the Warfield Development Corporation was able to do it for a fraction of this cost," read a statement from Sykesville Town Manager Matt Candland in the Sykesville fall newsletter.
"Last year we become aware of a little known state program whereby incarcerated trustees, who receive training in brick masonry, provide the labor to construct masonry gateway signs for public entities. In some cases, the program is also able to provide the bricks to construct the signs. The bricks, in our case, were obtained from a building that was demolished in Hagerstown," said Candland.
The Town of Sykesville then contacted the Department of Corrections and made the necessary arrangements with construction beginning late last year.