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A tribute sculpture commemorating
Pontiac’s role in the history of Woodward Avenue is to be fully in place
today, with a celebration planned for next week.

The Pontiac
Tribute, the second such monument along Woodward, was installed last
month to raise awareness about the history behind Michigan’s
Main Street
and its importance to not only the state but the U.S.
and the world. The sculptures are robust columns that depict part of
Woodward’s history. Ferndale’s was installed in 2008.

The final
touches on the sculpture are expected to be put in place today. It will
also be absorbing light so it can be turned on, says Nicole Brown,
outreach and promotions coordinator for the Woodward Avenue Action Association,
the organization behind the effort. “The significance of it in Pontiac
is celebrating transportation heritage,” she says.

The tribute
came about as a result of a lot of hard work, Brown says, and a laundry
list of supporters and sponsors, including the city of Pontiac, Oakland
County, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. “People are
really excited about it,” Brown says. “It’s something positive that’s
happening in the city of Pontiac. It’s been received really well, from
residents and members of the business community.”

Tribute is at the corner of Woodward and Whitmore, in the area commonly
known as the “teardrop.” Negotiations are currently ongoing with Detroit
for its tribute, with an announcement expected later this year about
its location. The ultimate goal is to have one for each city along
Woodward to recognize each of their unique contributions.

Pontiac Tribute’s $150,000 price tag was funded in part by the U.S.
Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways funds and other

WA3 and the city of Pontiac are hosting a public
tribute illumination reception on Wednesday; click here
for details.

Source: Nicole Brown, outreach and promotions
coordinator for the Woodward Avenue Action Association

Kristin Lukowski