Plans have been in the works for a large structure that will proclaim UTICA to travelers coming to the city.  Now construction on the Utica Tower has begun.

I spotted the beginning phases of the structure and the 7-foot tall letters on a recent walk along the Erie Canalway Trail in North Utica.

The sign will be visible from the New York State Barge Canal, and by motorists on the Thruway, Routes 5-8-12 and Route 49.