A vintage neon sign was returned to an 11th Street business after a road widening project forced its removal.

The Cox Bros. Tire Service sign was lifted by crane Monday afternoon to the top of the tire shop at 507 E. 11th St., where it had hung on the front of the building facing the road for more than 50 years.

The sign came down in February as workers began to widen westbound 11th Street in front of the tire shop. Four feet of the sidewalk was removed and replaced with asphalt, which left the two-sided neon sign overhanging part of the new roadway.

The Cox Bros. sign is one of several vintage neon signs along 11th Street. While it was down, it went to Tracy Signs for repair of the neon tubes, which had not fully operated in nearly 10 years.

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