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Monday breakdown - Misspelled word on I-70 sign

August 25, 2013
  • This photo submitted by the Maryland State Highway Administration shows how the "Q" that was incorrectly used in the spelling of Conococheague was cut and flipped to look more like a "G."
Submitted photo

A misspelled word on newly placed signs along Interstate 70 that label Little Conococheague Creek recently caught the eye of a Washington County resident.

Tye Souders of Hancock submitted a photograph showing the misspelled sign near the 19-mile marker on westbound I-70.

“For some reason, a ‘Q’ was used instead of a ‘G’” in the word Conococheague,” Souders wrote in an email to The Herald-Mail.

Souders said his photo shows the westbound sign, but the same mistake was made on the eastbound sign.

Maryland State Highway Administration spokeswoman Heather Keels wrote in an email Thursday that the agency was unaware of the misspelled signs.

“SHA thanks the reader who spotted the mistake on the I-70 Little Conococheague Creek signs for bringing it to our attention,” Keels wrote.

Replacement signs with the correct spelling have been ordered and will be installed this week, according to Keels.

“In the meantime, we have cut and flipped the bottom of the ‘Q’s’ as a temporary fix,” Keels wrote. “Accuracy is important to SHA, and we apologize that this mistake slipped our notice.”

Anyone who spots a problem with a sign along a state-numbered route in Maryland can contact the SHA by going to www.roads.maryland.gov and clicking on “Contact Us.”

— Compiled by C.J. Lovelace


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