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Spelling on sign gives interstate new nickname

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Spell check saves us all a lot of trouble, but there's no spell check for what's causing a lot of double takes on a stretch of roadway wrapping around Louisville that goes by many names. Spell check saves us all a lot of trouble, but there's no spell check for what's causing a lot of double takes on a stretch of roadway wrapping around Louisville that goes by many names.
Looking for answers, we drove down the Gene Snyder, or Synder, to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, whose sign out front is spelled correctly. Looking for answers, we drove down the Gene Snyder, or Synder, to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, whose sign out front is spelled correctly.
Andrea Clifford Andrea Clifford

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Spell check saves us all a lot of trouble, but there's no spell check for what's causing a lot of double takes on a stretch of roadway wrapping around Louisville that goes by many names. 

Whether you refer to it as Greenbelt Highway, Kentucky 841, Interstate 265 or the Gene Snyder Freeway it seems for a short time you can add a new name to the list.

The brand new signs above Bardstown road feature two not-so-little letters, transposed. On the signs the letters ‘N' and ‘Y' are switched and read ‘Synder,' instead of the correct spelling: ‘Snyder.'

Looking for answers, we drove down the Gene Snyder, or Synder, to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, whose sign out front is spelled correctly, to talk to Andrea Clifford.

"Because it's a formal name, it's not something that spell-check is going to tell you that you've gotten wrong," Clifford said of the misspelled signs.

Clifford said KYTC sends plan documents, that can be hundreds of pages long, to a third party company to make the signs and a state employee simply typed the name wrong. 

"This is not the fault of the contractor, they had the signs fabricated in accordance with the plan documents and so it is not their fault," she said.

Clifford said the misspelling will soon take an exit of its own and merge into the right lane.

KYTC will send an employee to fix the signs in the next few days, switching the Y and the N, with minimal impact on traffic.

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