Spot the Typo in this Caltrans Sign

The Department of Transportation has been notified that there's an extra letter in a big green road sign set to be installed along Highway 101 in Novato.

In my business, it's not kind to make fun of other people's typos. No journalist is perfect. When you are sweating under your hairnet in the word factory, there are going to be some "blems" that get past you on the assembly line.

But a typo in a Caltrans road sign? 

A large green sign is sitting next to northbound Highway 101 just south of the Rowland Boulevard exit in Novato. It says "San Martin Dr" rather than "San Marin Dr."

The sign is on the dirt about 25 feet from the highway shoulder and appears to be slated for installation in the coming days. It's facing to the west right now rather than south, making it hard for northbound motorists to see. 

The possible source of confusion: San Martin is a town along Highway 101 south of San Jose and north of Gilroy.

Caltrans regional publicist Bob Haus said it's too early to tell whether the sign was ordered incorrectly or the independent contractor who makes the signs screwed up. 

"They correct it at no cost," he said.

He said he'd get on the horn to the maintenance and construction divisions to alert them of the problem.

Haus has worked for Caltrans for 12 years and said he can only remember this happening once or twice. The most recent one was when Steele Lane in Santa Rosa was missing the final E, he said.

Lou Judson June 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Hah! Funny, and expensive. My street has Marin in it and once UPS mistook it for Martin - it got delvered to a house in Hamilton... fortunately the people who got it looke dme up and called me...
Jessica P June 06, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Haha! Someone's in trouble! Seriously, how could they not catch a mistake like this? Of course, this isn't as bad as Romney's idiot campaign crew that misspelled America! Lol! http://photos.parents.com/category/vote/photo/1335738
Susannah Nation June 06, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I love that the arrow is actually pointing right at the errant letter.
hope herndon June 06, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hardly funny if you have guests and tell them to take the Atherton/San Marin exit. I live off this exit. So fix it fast. I might get lost going home.
Lou Judson June 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
You put up the wrong link. That ia a kid, not Amerika!
Worry June 06, 2012 at 04:38 PM
i saw three running cars parked in front of this sign this morning. the drivers had no clue what to do. saw the same thing happen in animal house in '78.. that marching band walking right in to that wall.
Tired June 06, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Does anyone have whiteout? Or actually, greenout? Maybe it's less expensive just to change the street name to San Martin...I kind of like the sound of that... Somebody may lose their job over this snafoo.
Jeff Wilson June 06, 2012 at 04:55 PM
And while their fixing their typos could they fix the southbound exit sign at Iganacio? It reads "Bel Marinkeys".
Karen June 06, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Ummmm ..... Brent, you have a typo several places in your story. In the caption to the photo, and also the text behind the photo, you say St. Martin instead of San Martin. I usually gloss over your typos, since we all probably know what you are trying to say anyway. But I couldn't let this one go.....
Worry June 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM
.. let it go
Tracey Ruiz June 06, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Fixed that typo in the caption. Thanks.
J. Fulford June 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Funny. I was going to write that at least the one idiot on the Romney campaign who transposed letters to make "Amercia" had to simply re-write a line of code. Dumb, yes -- but one guy and no expense, just a lot of embarrassment to delight you and the folks at MSNBC. THIS mishap took a bunch of idiots and a lot of expense.
sheri June 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
How is this breaking news?????
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I love that!
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Just because I knew people would be interested. Breaking news in the Patch world can be good news, bad news or just anything interesting. Whatever people might be talking about.
Marcella Tate June 07, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I love this Brent. I'm a Novato native and in a town like Novato this is breaking news. And Jeff...I love your point but you misspelled Ignacio. :)
mike June 07, 2012 at 07:41 AM
its SNAFU: Situation Normal, All F___ed Up.
mike June 07, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Aren't we all a bunch perfectionists? I have to laugh at myself when I find me correcting other peoples' grammar or spelling in the Novato Patch blogs.
Lou Judson June 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
In the Berkeley Patch they are talking about an empty building where it "stands vacation." Somebody uses an auto-spell-checker. The rest of us are human proofreaders.
Trent Anderson June 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I also think the Exit number is wrong. Right now, exit 463 is South Novato Boulevard off 101 S, and 463B is South Novato Boulevard Exit off 101 N.??? Maybe they are going to change the exit numbers, but who know...
Trent Anderson June 07, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Ooops, now I screwed up. I guess it probably is Exit 463...because South Novato Blvd is 460 and 460B...my mistake; but, I also just drove by the sign, and they have already started fixing it...Martin is taped over, painting it green, etc.
Abe June 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Now when are they going to fix the incorrect carpool lane signage in the Northbound 101 between Ignacio and S Novato Blvd? The diamonds are painted in the lanes for one mile past where the posted "End Carpool Lane" sign is... I have e'mailed CalTrans a few times on this, but no response (and no action) as of yet.
Constanza Perry June 07, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Ha ha. "Bel Marinkeys"! Always cracks me up and I say it out loud when I drive by. Say it fast: Bel Marinkeys! mar-in-keys. Put your favorite accent in to it. I think they can put a sticker over the "San Martin" sign typo.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 01:02 AM
So glad you didn't write "grammer."
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Yup, I saw the tape job this afternoon. I guess they're feeling the shame. But let's remember that Caltrans for the most part does a great job.
Janice Nunes June 08, 2012 at 07:32 PM
San Marin Exit sign is not the only sign with errors in Novato. S101 Bel Marin Keys sign also has errors, it reads Bel MarinKeys Blvd. Glancing at it quickly it looks like Bel Monkeys


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