New Goethals Bridge Sign is Misspelled

Workers install signs on the new eastbound span of the Goethals Bridge. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Drivers along the Staten Island Expressway might have doubted their spelling expertise as they drove towards the Goethals Bridge, because a new sign recently put up switched two vowels.

Bemused and confused drivers found themselves at the sign to the Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing directing them to the ‘Geothals,’ Fox 5 reported.

The bridge, which connect New Jersey and Staten Island, is named after Major General George Goethals, who built the Panama Canal and helped engineer Port Authority.

A photo of the sign went viral, with commuters expressing laughter and frustration. The sign is one of the 19 that the Department of Transportation has scheduled to be replaced.

Now, the Goethals Bridge has joined the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge as New York bridges with embarrassing spelling errors.

For nearly 50 years, several signs to the Verazzano Bridge spelled it with only one ‘z’. Replacing those signs cost an estimated quarter of a million dollars.


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