Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Street Scandal

Take a look at this Google Map. Google Maps is far from perfect but calling St Kilda Road as Park probably arises from so many changes at the location as the underground Metro Rail Station is built, almost completed. Roads and tram tracks have been moved more than once. 

If you are travelling south to north along St Kilda Road, that is bottom to top almost vertically on the map, on the left you will encounter Albert Road where the green patch is and then Park Street.  


This is a very large sign facing south to north bound traffic and if you've followed what I wrote above, it is clearly wrong. Albert Road is first and then Park Street. I know the cost of some road furniture, but not a sign like this. However, I would not be surprised if it was in four figures. Clearly it will have to be replaced and indirectly taxpayers will foot the bill. What sheer bloody and unbelievable incompetence. 

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  1. Oh well, at least it is spelled correctly 🙄

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  2. What a mistake. At an easily four figure cost.

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  3. We suffer from the absence of much needed road signs here. When I brought up a particularly baffling absence of one in a 6 road intersection the answer was "Ah sure, everyone knows which is what without fancy road signs" I said what about tourism when tourists outnumber the population. "Sure, they only need to stop and we'll point 'em where they needs to go. No bother."
    Quaint but appallingly naïve. I nearly lost my mind when I moved here pre GPS.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. Absurd, WWW. Some of our quite large intersections are poorly signposted but most of the smaller ones are quite good. I don't know why about the large ones but they are more likely to be under state control rather than local government control.

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  4. Can't they just arrow the names? So that you read them right. They've got arrow stencils, I expect.

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  5. Can the simply make new squares w/ the names and install them atop of the incorrect names? But I agree. Incredible that a mistake like that was not caught.

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    1. Debby, maybe that will happen, as did on a newish war memorial where the spelling of Prahran was wrong. A new piece of brass with the correct spelling was glued over the top of the wrong spelling. I wonder how long the glue will last.

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  6. Yeah, I wonder what they were thinking when they made that sign. Assuming they were thinking at all.

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    1. Kirk, it really is hard to believe. You know, measure three times before cutting.

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  7. Good pick on that one. Every time I go through that area, I get very confused

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    1. Many do Roentare, not helped by it being changed so many times. It is nearly finished. Wave to me up on the balcony as you pass by.

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  8. Imagine the chaos for drivers making the wrong turns and having to double back! I hope the sign is changed quickly.

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    1. River, I am sure it is known about already, and you can't imagine how hard it would be to double back. I think in in a day or so it will be fixed, but I am nearly always wrong about such things.

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  9. Or you could get out there late one night and change it with a fat black texta.

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  10. I'm with Debby on this one. However it really does show remarkable incompetence.

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    1. Graham, whenever did councils or authorities use common sense. I expect a whole new sign will be made and erected.

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  11. Oh gosh. Sometimes wonder what some people do for brains when it comes to signs. Rather a muck up and a costly one too, Andrew.

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    1. Margaret, this is what our taxes pay for. If you see small incompetence in huge projects, imagine how much other incompetence has gone on.

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  12. How do people justify their salaries?

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    1. A good question JB, and I don't know. I really is outrageous. I'm sure I would not get an answer about the cost, and because it is a private contractor working for the government, a freedom of information would fail as it will be in 'commercial in confidence'. A couple of expensive court cases later, might reveal the truth.

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  13. I saw one today that spelled Yonge St. as Younge!!!

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  14. I go by a large sign at a park named after the street it is on. The sign spells the street name wrong and is positioned right beside the street sign with the right spelling. I'm sure it would cast hundreds of $ to fix and probably never will be. It drives me crazy every time I see it.

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    1. Pat, it beats me. I hope you did your job better than that.

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  15. Our town put up lovely signs announcing the summer Saturday farmers' market with an incorrect time span. I wonder how many people miss out on the late May offerings while expecting it starts in June. These mistakes bother me, as well, but we could endure much worse suffering. Losing a beloved partner certainly counts. :( Hugs, my dear.

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    1. Darla, I know what you mean about worse things, but they can't be your total focus.

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