ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Two of the signs that have gone up along Woodward Avenue--from downtown Detroit to Pontiac--have already been stolen.
Both were taken in Royal Oak near 11 Mile and were likely swiped in the middle of the night. They have since been replaced.
A $43,000 grant from the federal government allowed the Woodward Avenue Action Association to put up the signs--52 in all--to help celebrate the history and heritage of Woodward Avenue. The signs designate Woodward as an "All-American Road".
"The goal is really to build an awareness of the significance of the roadway," says Heather Carmona, executive director of the Woodward Avenue Action Association.
To try to stop the thieves from stealing any more, the organization will now sell replicas. They will cost $100 each and look virtually the same.
Henry Kinzey has signed up for four of them.
"The road has meant a tremendous amount to me," Kinzey says.
To order a sign, call the organization at 248-288-2004.