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Sign mix-up in North Huntingdon raises eyebrows

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A misspelled street sign at a Y-intersection garnered double-takes from motorists in North Huntingdon Township last week. The free-standing green sign featured arrows to denote streets at the Y-split of Ridge Road and Robin Station Road. Residents know it as Robbins Station Road.

Township officials did not request the spelling change, said Richard Albert, director of public works.

“It's hard to decipher which way the road goes,” Albert said. “An employee took it on his on initiative to get a sign made up with Robbins Station Road with an arrow to the left and Ridge Road with an arrow to the right.”

Apparently, all the characters would not fit on the smaller size sign, so the vendor cut out two letters to make it fit and not have to charge the township for a larger sign, Albert said. The vendor printed the sign with the misspelling without the township's knowledge and delivered it.

Paul Statler, president of U.S. Municipal Supply, did not return calls seeking comment.

The original sign — 3 feet by 5 feet — cost about $60. The sign will be replaced with one with the correct spelling at no additional cost to the township, Albert said.

The public-works crew noticed the misspelling and called to get a new sign but decided to post the original in the meantime.

Robbins Station Road runs from Route 30 and captures a lot of traffic from new development and at least five housing plans, Albert said.

“He thought he'd put it up temporarily; at least people will get the gist,” Albert said. “A few people seem to be that upset about it.”

The sign has been removed, but the crew left the necessary hardware up so installation on the new sign will be quick and smooth.

“Our guys are always out in the area reviewing things and looking for ways to make things better,” Albert said. “I give my guys credit for coming up with the idea and taking initiative. If that's the worst that happens, that a sign is spelled differently, I think we're doing pretty doggone good.”

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.

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