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Misspelled interstate signs pop up across Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Misspelled interstate signs appear to be popping up across Louisville. A rush to complete a project may be to blame for one of the errors, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is taking the blame for two others.

Two permanent signs near Bardstown Road and the Gene Snyder Freeway have the name of the late Kentucky Congressman spelled incorrectly as "Synder."

Andrea Clifford, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Cabinet, says the mistake was made in the design phase when a misspelled template was included in "hundreds of pages of documents" given to the contractor.

"It's not the contractor's fault, it was just a spelling error that happened during the design process," said Clifford.

The mistake was caught over the weekend. The contractor, Gohmann Asphalt & Construction of Clarksville, Ind., did not return a phone message seeking comment.

When asked how the mistakes occurred, Clifford said it was simply an oversight.

"It's not like everyone is doing an absolute 100 percent spell check that are in these documents. Sometimes it's over 100 pages in these documents and they are looking for the safety and construct-ability issues," Clifford said.

When asked if they should be spell-checked, Clifford responded: "Well if we have to go through and comb through every word on every page for a misspelling, it's going to take a lot longer to get projects through the design phase and out the door to construction."

Clifford said the sign will be fixed by Wednesday or Thursday of this week and will only require crews to swap out letters, meaning no new signs will be necessary.

An apparent rush to complete another project near eastbound Interstate 64 and the Interstate 71 on ramp left a temporary sign with the word "Cincinnati" misspelled with an extra "t." The permanent sign was torn down recently as crews work to revamp Spaghetti Junction as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Max Rowland, a project manager for Walsh Construction, said the company was pushing a subcontractor to finish the temporary sign when it was installed overnight without someone spell checking the sign.

"It was in the heat of battle and as soon as we saw it, we were like 'Oh, my gosh,'" said Rowland. "But we can't take it down."

The subcontractor for Walsh could not be reached for comment.

By Monday afternoon, the Cincinnati sign had been corrected, according to Mindy Peterson, a spokeswoman for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Neither Rowland nor Clifford could say how many sets of eyes saw the templates before the signs were printed and installed.

Don Newton, who owns property near the Gene Snyder Freeway, said he hadn't noticed the misspelled signs before being told by a reporter.

"You would think they would know that better downtown or with the highway department," Newton said.

Ramon Manley, who was unloading a moving truck when approached by a reporter, said he was baffled to see Cincinnati misspelled.

"That's funny," Manley said. "I guess they had a spell check problem or somebody was rushing."

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