NEW road signs at the approaches to Greenodd’s multi-million pound roundabout had the name of the village spelt incorrectly.
Sharp-eyed motorists noticed the blunder as the wraps came off the long-awaited £2.7 million project which the Highways Agency has been working on since October.
The signs on the westbound and eastbound carriageways had Greenodd spelt with a double n.
Archie Workman, managing director of the Ulverston Business Centre, was one of those who spotted the mistake and tweeted: “Greenodd - such a great little place the Highways Agency misspell it twice.”
Samantha Whittaker, project manager for the Highways Agency, said replacement signs had been ordered.
“Our contractors spotted the error when they installed the sign at the weekend and immediately ordered a replacement, at no extra cost to the taxpayer,” she said.
“Our priority was to get the roundabout open and bring benefits to road users as soon as possible, so a temporary correction will be made in the meantime.”
The roundabout has been constructed at the junction with the A5092 local road as part of the Government’s £317 million national pinch point initiative.
It is the first project from the programme to be completed in the North West and it is hoped that it will reduce the number of accidents on the road.
Work to construct the roundabout, which replaces a T-junction, has involved a range of challenges, including fixing rock netting to ensure the safety of workers and drivers during the work, and rehoming dozens of protected slow worms and two palmate newts to a nearby wooded area before starting the work.
The work has caused headaches for commuters, with some experiencing delays of up to an hour in the gridlock.
Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said: “There has been some disruption while the roundabout was under construction but that will be far outweighed by the long-term benefits of having a much safer junction at what was one of the most notorious accident blackspots in the south Lakes area.”
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron added: “Over the last few years, we have fought and fought to make the Greenodd junction safer and I’m delighted that together we have made this happen.
“But this is just another step forward in our long running campaign to make the A590 safer. I will keep pressing for funding to improve the road and work to unlock the economic potential of the peninsula.”
Ms Whittaker added: “The previous junction layout could be daunting for motorists as they had to pull into a gap in the central reservation. The new roundabout will improve safety and make it easier to travel between the A590 and A5092.”