Can You Read That Sign? Houston Airport Gets Sign Makeover

Those faded, bleached terminal signs on the way to Bush Intercontinental Airport will soon be gone as the Houston Airport System upgrades its look both outside and in.

Some of the signs on both JFK Boulevard and Will Clayton Parkway are so faded, they’re hard to read. What used to be distinct colors on some of the signs are now bleached nearly completely white.

The Houston Airport System’s Darian Ward says work is already underway to replace those and other damaged or outdated signs outside and  inside the airport.

“We’re looking at approximately 300 signs, and they should be installed if everything goes well by the end of December. Passengers and visitors may have already noticed our new cell phone lot signs on the roadways. They’re a little larger and a little more defined than our original signs.” 

Earlier this year, Houston City Council agreed to spend $20 million on the Intercontinental sign project. 

“We’ve been looking at this signage for a long time and knew we needed to fix it as soon as possible.” 

Ward says the Airport System had to wait until an overall renovation plan was put together.

“We are really updating the look. We’ve heard from passengers. We know we need some signs and by the end of this year we should have 300 news signs.”

The airport system says signs at Hobby Airport are okay and don’t need to be replaced right now. 


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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