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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.

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 June 08, 2012 at 01:02 AM
So glad you didn't write "grammer."
Brent Ainsworth 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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