Everybody makes mistakes, even California
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
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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?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/teen/everybody-makes-mistakes-even-california/

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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

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