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Sacramento Road Sign in Ocean City to be Updated

Posted: Dec 28, 2017 5:06 PM Updated:
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WASHINGTON (AP) - For a westbound driver on U.S. Route 50 departing Ocean City, it's a long road ahead, according to a green highway sign than hangs near the Harry Kelley Bridge. But the cross-country trip to California may not be as long as the sign indicates.

In a moment of whimsy, the Maryland State Highway Administration installed a distance sign at the beginning, or eastern terminus, of U.S. Route 50 that reads, "Sacramento Ca 3073." Some years later, the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, followed suit at the western end of the highway near the Interstate 80 Junction.

While there is no disputing that traveling from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to the Sacramento Valley is a long haul, the exact length of the highway, and thereby the distance to the "City of Trees," has changed since the sign was posted in the early 1980s. The signs in both cities suggest the highway is 3,073 miles long.

There are no official lengths for interstate and U.S. routes, but a Federal Highway Administration spokesman said that - of the best information available - the distance of U.S. 50 is currently 3,008 miles. The number has fluctuated over time due to modifications in the route itself at various points in the twelve states it passes through.

"The mileage very likely changed. We built the Salisbury Bypass. Our folks are saying other states, through the years, may have also built bypasses as well," Charlie Gischlar with the Maryland State Highway Administration said.

Gischlar says MDSHA engineers are looking into the total length of the highway and once the number is verified, the sign can be updated.

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