Did you catch the typo on the freeway sign in San Dimas? Caltrans eventually did

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CALTRANS (TOP) AND  GOOGLE MAPS (BOTTOM)
Above, how a sign off the 57 Freeway in San Dimas looks today, and below, how it appeared for almost a year until Caltans recently corrected it.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CALTRANS (TOP) AND GOOGLE MAPS (BOTTOM) Above, how a sign off the 57 Freeway in San Dimas looks today, and below, how it appeared for almost a year until Caltans recently corrected it.

If you drive the 57 Freeway, you may have noticed a typo on a mileage sign. Near San Dimas, for southbound motorists, an overhead sign gave the distance to the exit for “Corona na Fwy.”

That’s because when a new “Corona” was put up a year ago, a portion of the old “Corona” remained, on a line that was shorter after the 71 emblem was removed. Hence, “Corona na Fwy.”

A reader who works for a local government agency tipped me off to the mistake, which I featured on my blog along with the Google Street View image. He said he likes to think “it is a Caltrans tribute to Sha Na Na.”

Within a few days of my blog post, Caltrans was on the scene. The agency “wanted to let you know that the issue has been fixed,” spokeswoman Yessica Jovel emailed to say. She didn’t know why the 71 emblem had been taken down to begin with but told me the entire sign panel is scheduled to be replaced as part of an upcoming project.

Caltrans, she said, has 32 workers to maintain 150,000 freeway signs in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. This may be why they sometimes don’t seem to look at their signs once they’re done.

“Should you or your readers notice any issues on the freeway, we always appreciate it being brought to our attention through the submittal of a maintenance service request: https://msr.dot.ca.gov/,” Jovel wrote.

Pomona reader Steve Lustro can keep them busy for a while: He griped on my Facebook page about deteriorated overhead signs on the eastbound 60 Freeway east of the 57, one of which is inaccurate to boot, and a bare pole on the westbound 60 at Phillips Ranch Road that used to display a sign, now missing. “After reporting it to Caltrans three or four times, I just gave up,” Lustro said.

Anyway, it was one thing to get an Upland street sign reading “Foot ill” replaced, as happened in 2007 after mockery here, and quite another to get a freeway sign fixed. To paraphrase the song: Coro-na-na, Coro-na-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye.

Culture corner

• To raise awareness of the decline of plant pollinators, a PolliNATION Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will offer facts about bees, birds, bats and butterflies and tips about year-round gardening, butterfly-friendly plants and more. A butterfly pavilion and observation hive will be included. The event takes place at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District, 4594 San Bernardino St. in Montclair. The admission won’t sting: It’s free.

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“Point of View,” a new exhibit at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, features the work of two friends, Bobby Free and Andrew Giliatt, who come from the same tradition and worked at the same place and yet have very different approaches to pottery. The exhibit opens from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday for the Second Saturday Art Walk, with a reception and artist talk at 6:30, and continues through Aug. 27. The museum is at 399 N. Garey Ave. in Pomona. Admission, typically $7, is free during Art Walk.

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The books I read in May included “Treasure Island”; a folk duo performs in Claremont; my research sources for Sunday’s Joan Baez column are detailed; directions on finding the subway at L.A. Union Station are offered; the Eating Garey Avenue blogger widens his scope with a Dining Pomona blog; we say farewell to Rounds Burgers in Claremont; a report is presented on my author talk in Chino Hills; and we dine at El Patron, a restaurant in a business park in Rancho Cucamonga, and Mariscos el Puerto, a restaurant in a converted gas station in Chino.

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The occasion of Albert Pujols’ 600th homer, caught by a 23-year-old Costa Mesa fan who turned the ball over to the player, reminds us that his 500th homer, in Washington D.C., in 2014, was caught by a Pomona native, Tom Sherrill. The Air Force serviceman and Angels fan traded the ball to Pujols for some autographed memorabilia.

David Allen writes Friday, Sunday and Wednesday, three sacrifice bunts. Contact dallen@scng.com or 909-483-9339, like davidallencolumnist on Facebook and follow @davidallen909 on Twitter.

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