Kentucky Road SignGoofs


This US 57 sign located atClintonville, Ky., in Bourbon County, should be a KY 57 sign.I've seen a couple of other US 57 signs in Bourbon County, too. Thisphoto was taken in 1997.

UPDATE:This goof had been repaired as of May 1999. This sign is now thecorrect KY 57 sign. All the incorrect US 57 signs in Bourbon Countyhave been corrected as of spring 2000.


However, here's a US 57 signalongside a correct KY 57 sign on KY 859 at Avon, just north of I-64in Fayette County. (photographed winter 2001)

This KY 460 sign should be aUS 460 sign. It's located in Johnson County, Ky., just west ofthe US 23/US 460/KY 40 interchange near Paintsville. The photo wastaken in September 1997.

UPDATE:This goof had been repaired as of December 1999. This sign is now thecorrect US 460 sign.

This KY 127 sign should be aUS 127 sign. It's located in Owenton, Ky. Notice thepeeling of the Type III reflective sheeting, and the difference infonts between the "2's" in the KY 22 and KY 227 signs. The photo wastaken in summer 1998.

UPDATE:Due to a reconstruction of this intersection, this sign has beenremoved as of December 1999.

This KY 421 sign should be aUS 421 sign. It's located in Bedford, Ky. A correct US 421 signcan be seen to the left of the erroneous sign, below the US 42 sign.The photo was taken in summer 1998.

This US 80 sign should be aKY 80 sign. It's located in Logan County, Ky., west of Russellville.There used to be several US 80 signs on US 68/KY 80 between BowlingGreen and Hopkinsville, but this one is the only one left. The photowas taken in May 1998.
UPDATE:Due to reconstruction of US 68/KY 80 in this area, this goof was goneas of spring 2000.

This sign is located inIrvine, Ky., where I worked for nearly eight years, and is only 14miles from where I grew up. Some history: Estill County is known forits old iron furnace ruins. Years ago, Estill County was a majorproducer of iron. This sign directs tourists to some "furnance"ruins. It has been up for more than 10 years and as far as I know, noone has ever complained about it or mentioned it to the highwaydepartment. The sign which covers the bottom right corner of this onegives directions to a church, but I couldn't get a photo of this signwithout that one being in the way. The "furnance" sign itself islocated at the intersection of KY 52 eastbound and KY 1571 inRavenna, Ky. The photo was taken in winter 1998.
UPDATE:This sign was fixed as of May 1999. A new sign with "furnace" spelledcorrectly has been installed.


Blue Grass Parkway signsshould have "BG" in blue letters on a white background, and "Parkway"in white on blue. Quite a few of these signs are reversed, makingthem look like the old-style Western Kentucky Parkway signs. Here area few examples.


This US 35 sign waserroneously installed on KY 35 in Gallatin County, at the I-71interchange near Kentucky Speedway, when the road was improved tohandle speedway traffic. (photographed August 2000)




In several spots in theBowling Green, Ky. state highway district, two-digit routes aresigned using the wide-format rectangular sign, instead of the normalsquare-format sign. These signs are slowly disappearing, but thereare still several US 68 and KY 80 markers which use the wide-formatsign instead of the proper square format. These signs are located atthe same intersection, west of Bowling Green, and were photographedin May 1998. On the same date, other similar signs were located atthe end of the exit ramp from the northbound William H. NatcherParkway and at other locations between Bowling Green andHopkinsville.



You have to look carefully atthis Mountain Parkway sign to see what's wrong with it. Give up?Well, the little white road or path in the blue portion of the signis on the wrong side of the tree. It should be on the right side ofthe tree, instead of the left side. This sign is located on I-64westbound in Clark County, just before you get to Exit 96.

This nice, pretty new sign onthe Purchase Parkway tells motorists they're crossing the Bayou DeChien in western Kentucky. The only problem is, the sign is wrong.The stream's name is "Du," not "De." The contractors must not haveknown the difference. The photo was taken in April 1998.


Often, when two routes arejoined and signed together, Kentucky will get the directionalauxiliary signs reversed. Here are some examples.

So, which is it? SouthUS 68, or West US 68? That sign under the "South" plate really shouldbe a US 27 marker, but South US 68 would fit in perfectly in Ohio,where the route is signed as a north-south route instead of aneast-west route. These signs are located on US 27/68 in Lexington,just south of New Circle Road (KY 4). BTW, the rightmost US 68 signis an old non-reflective marker.
UPDATE:This sign goof has been repaired. The old US 68 sign (pictured atright) has been removed. The assembly now reads SOUTH US 27, WEST US68.

This KY 150 sign, located atMt. Vernon at the intersection of US 25, US 150 and KY 1249, shouldbe a -- you guessed it -- US 150 sign. The photo was taken in April1999.

UPDATE:This goof had been repaired as of September 2000. This sign is nowthe correct US 150 sign, and the peeling KY 461 sign has also beenreplaced.

Here's another KY 150 goof,located just a couple of miles from the one photographed above. Thisone is at the end of the exit ramp from northbound I-75 to US 25 atExit 63 at Mt. Vernon, and the photo was taken in July2000.

UPDATE:This goof had been repaired as of September 2000.

Still more US 150 goofs,where the route is incorrectly signed as KY 150, in Rockcastle County(photographed in 2000)

Is there only one slow movingtruck? Promise? On a busy road like I-75, shouldn't that read"Trucks?" This sign is located on I-75 soouthbound in RockcastleCounty, just north of the Mt. Vernon exit. Similar signs can be foundin the northbound lanes in Rockcastle County, just north of theRockcastle River bridge.
Photoshopdid strange things to the image when I adjusted the levels and blewit up.


Someone needs to get the "L"out of here. There's an extra "L" in "Paintsville." This sign islocated on KY 114 westbound near US 460 in MagoffinCounty.

There's a letter missing inone of these signs, located at the intersection of KY 52 and KY 499near Irvine. I'll let you figure it out. (Note: that's not a "1" inthe word "Irvine," but instead it's the bolt holding the sign ontothe pole.
UPDATE:This sign was replaced in the summer of 2001.

Sometimes you'll find amisspelling on a county road sign, like this one on KY 11 in WolfeCounty. The correct spelling is "Glencairn," not"Glencarin."

Was this photo taken inEngland, or somewhere else where they drive on the right side of theroad? Nope, it was taken on KY 1144 in Lee County, Ky., in March2000.

"Dept. of Highway Garage?"That should read "Highways." This sign is located on US 68 in Paris,and was photographed in the spring of 1999.

There are two KY 460 signsinstalled at this intersection in Pike County, instead of US 460signs. This photo was taken in October 1999.
UPDATE:This goof had been repaired as of September 2000.


This U-turn sign is installedupside-down on I-64 in Carter County. It was photographed in October1999.

Did you know Kentucky had aUS 577? This is supposed to be a KY 577 sign. It's located nearBurning Springs in Clay County, near the Jackson County line.(Photographed July 2000).


In many cases, the wrongdirectional arrows are installed with route signs. Here are someexamples. Clockwise from top left, eastbound KY 32 should turn left,not right, when it meets KY 36 in Carlisle (the sign assembly on theright in that photo is correct); there should be a"right-and-straight" arrow under the KY 36 sign where it joins KY 11south near Sharpsburg; ditto for the KY 88 sign where it joinsnorthbound US 31W near Munfordville; there should be a"left-and-straight" arrow under the KY 63 sign where it intersects KY100 and KY 163 in Tompkinsville; the same goes for the KY 10 signwhere US 62/68 intersect KY 9 and KY 10 in Maysville; the KY 61 signon westbound US 68/KY 70 needs a "right-and-straight" arrow; the US150 sign where westbound US 62 meets it in Bardstown should have a"both ways" arrow; the KY 66 sign should have a "right-and-straight"arrow where it meets US 421 and KY 80 near Big Creek; and finally,when KY 61 meets US 62 near Boston, it should have a"right-and-straight" arrow.

On this sign, on KY 90 nearAlbany, "Burkesville" is misspelled. (photographed fall2000)



And on this one, on KY 699 inPerry County, the correct spelling is "Wooton." (photographed spring2000)


This sign is located on KY 53northbound at Shelbyville. The KY 53 sign should actually be a KY 55sign.


At first glance,this inPaducah appears to be OK, but in reality, US 62 is not carried onthis stretch of pavement. A "To US 62" sign would be appropriate,though, because US 45, US 60 and US 62 meet just a few blocks east ofwhere this sign is posted.

Cumberland Parkway signsnormally have the "umberland" located in the middle of the sign,between the points of the "C" instead of at the bottom of the sign.This photo was taken in Columbia (spring 2000).

How can one turn either rightor left and go south either way? This sign on KY 21 in Berea wouldindicate that you can (photographed July 2000).

In this case, the truck routeis US 60, not KY 89, as the sign on northbound KY 627 in Winchesterwould seem to indicate.

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