Everybody makes mistakes, even California This combination of images shows a misspelled sign which was covered and then removed in Southern California (AP photos)
Everybody makes mistakes, even California

No one noticed the mistake until the morning after the sign was installed above Interstate 710 in Southern California.

A subcontractor had misspelled Olympic Boulevard, using an "I'' in place of the "Y."

The large green exit sign was covered with a tarp and eventually removed but not before drivers snapped and tweeted photographs of the mega-typo.

Caltrans spokeswoman Kelly Markham tells the Los Angeles Times that the subcontractor will pay for a new sign, which is one of many improvements underway on the freeway as part of a pavement rehabilitation project.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was the sign covered before it was removed?

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  • sl2000soccer
    12/02/2014 - 08:37 a.m.

    The Sign was covered before it was removed because they had to make sure a new sign would be bought in place of the one that was messed up. They did not want people taking pictures of the sign and giving California a bad reputation for this.

    • nicholasj-bag
      9/03/2015 - 07:07 p.m.

      You just nailed it in the bud... what ever a bud is

  • NW2000Basketball
    12/02/2014 - 08:43 a.m.

    So people don't take pictures of the sign and post it on the internet. The state California didn't want to have that kind reputation.

  • JS2001basketball
    12/02/2014 - 08:48 a.m.

    The sign was covered before removed because the subcontractor didn't want to reveal the mistake he had made he wanted cover it than replace it like nothing ever happened

  • TF00Music
    12/02/2014 - 01:01 p.m.

    The sign was covered with a tarp because they wanted to take pictures of the typo before the state of California took the sign down from the freeway.

  • maxwell.rosenberg54
    12/02/2014 - 01:14 p.m.

    I don't understand why and how this happened, but I think this may have been a typo or just miss read, but I think the subcontractor shouldn't have to pay for the sign because it was more likely to be a typo than the subcontractor just not reading it right.

  • cshields-Cla
    12/03/2014 - 11:55 a.m.

    ok so he made the sign then put it up then looked at it then didnt notice it was spelled wrong then left he is not a very smart person is he

  • csandusky-Cla
    12/03/2014 - 11:56 a.m.

    how do you mess that up. but its funny and i would love to see that for my self. i wounder if the person who made the sign did that 4 fun.

    • alyssar-bag
      8/20/2015 - 05:55 p.m.

      That would be funny! But I doubt it. That's also the reason why they covered the sign with a curtain. California doesn't want people taking pictures and posting it on social networking sights, because that would give them a bad reputation. But yes, it made me laugh too :DD

  • hshelly-Cla
    12/03/2014 - 12:00 p.m.

    I've seen mistakes made on road signs, I've also seen signs that make no sense. This is no different, but it still doesn't excuse the creator of the sign. He/she obviously should start to check before he/she puts up the signs