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VDOT to make quick fix



    Do you know how to get to Reagen National Airport? Just follow VDOT's signs.

    The transportation department said it is embarrassed after misspelling the name of our former president on a new sign directing people on Interstate 395.

    Introducing Reagen National Airport

    [DC] Introducing Reagen National Airport
    The name of the 40th president is misspelled on a highway exit sign directing traffic to the airport bearing his name.
    (Published Monday, Oct. 19, 2009)

    VDOT, you see, is in the midst of a sign-replacement program along I-395. And somehow former President Ronald Reagan's name was spelled wrong on a sign for Exit 8C.

    The sign is one of two directing people to Reagan National. The first one is misspelled, but a second one is correct.

    A History Lesson in Spelling

    [DC] A History Lesson in Spelling
    The Virginia Department of Transportation has misspelled the late Ronald Reagan's name on a new sign posted along I-395 in Arlington.
    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009)

    VDOT said it wouldn't replace the costly sign, but instead cover up the "e" with an "a," which workers did with an overlay Tuesday. It will remain that way for quite some time, as VDOT said the exit signs usually last for about 15 years.

    "I'm a nut for spelling and a history buff, too," said Richard Hurst, who works in Pentagon City. "It does surprise me that VDOT would not be able to spell a president's name correctly. Regardless of what you think about President Reagan, it's not a difficult name to spell."

    VDOT's Plans to Correct Embarrassing Presidential Mistake

    [DC] VDOT's Plans to Correct Embarrassing Presidential Mistake
    A VDOT spokeswoman describes the department's plans to fix the misspelling of Ronald Reagan's name on an exit sign.
    (Published Monday, Oct. 19, 2009)