City of Westfield installs welcome totem on U.S. 31 south of 146th Street


A two-year initiative to create a welcome sign as drivers enter Westfield is now complete. A nearly $300,000 Westfield totem now stands just south of 146th Street on U.S. 31.

Although some may consider the location to be Carmel territory, Westfield Communications Director Vicki Duncan Gardner said the Indiana Dept. of Transportation gave Westfield permission to place the totem there.

“We chose that location because it is the gateway into Westfield,” she said. “Most of our traffic comes from the south and we wanted a monumental entry.  It is state right-of-way and INDOT gave us permission to put it there.”
The totem is made out of Corten steel with a natural patina to make it appear rustic. According to Duncan Gardner, the material will look the same in 10 years with no upkeep.

“It is great marketing for Westfield,” she said. “Seventy thousand cars a day pass by the location. More importantly, we are proud of this community – past, present and future – and we simply wanted a prominent welcome sign for those who travel through our city.”

Duncan Gardener said the Grand Park-related signs on the south side of 146th Street also are in INDOT right-of-way.

Several residents raised concerns on social media about the second “e” in the sign, as it appeared different than the first “e”. Both letters are now the same.

“The structure was installed in sections. Because of how it was constructed the little triangular piece of the ‘e’ had to be installed separately,” Duncan Gardner said.

The totem was completed Nov. 28. Indianapolis-based SignWorks did the project. The City of Carmel did not provide comment on the totem’s location.