Metro-East News

Spellcheck needed for state’s street signs in Collinsville

A sign reading “Tilloston Ave” instead of Tillotson along Illinois 159 Tuesday in Collinsville.
A sign reading “Tilloston Ave” instead of Tillotson along Illinois 159 Tuesday in Collinsville.

The misspelled street signs along the newly expanded Illinois159 aren’t on Collinsville’s conscience, according to postings from the city’s Facebook page.

The city posted that it is aware several street signs installed along the highway through Collinsville are misspelled.

“IDOT has been contacted and will be correcting these errors,” the posting read.

The five-year construction project widening the state highway through downtown Collinsville is scheduled to be completed this year. The Illinois Department of Transportation has been working for many years to straighten the unusual S-curve at Main Street and widen the road to alleviate bottlenecks and encourage smoother north-south traffic flow through southern Madison County.

The $11.8 million third and final phase of the project was scheduled to be completed next year, but is ahead of schedule, according to previous statements from IDOT. The third phase focused on the northern strip from Johnson to Wickliffe Avenue.

The Collinsville-news blog Respublica made note of the spelling-challenged signs, as the signs for Tillotson Avenue are spelled “Tilloston” in multiple places. “Oh Tillotson we hardly knew ye,” it read.

Another sign for Cumberland Road appears to have forgotten a D, as it reads “Cumberlan.”

Dennis Kress, spokesman for the Collinsville street department, said there were at least two signs on Illinois 159, called Vandalia Street in the city, that were in error. He said the problem seems to have originated at the manufacturer of the signs, or so he was told by IDOT, which is handling the Illinois 159 project.

“It was caught immediately, but they thought it would be better to put them up and replace them later,” Kress said. “The new signs have been ordered.”

Residents took the opportunity to inform the city via its announcement on Facebook of other signs that may have contradictory spellings, such as Greenbriar — or is it Greenbrier? And no one really knows if Belt Line is one word or two.

“If there are any errors, we want to fix it,” Kress said.

But the ones on Illinois 159 — those belong to IDOT, and work is underway to fix them.

IDOT spokesman Joseph Monroe said the contractor’s sign manufacturer acknowledged the error and is supplying the replacement signs, correctly spelled.

“There will be no cost to the state or the taxpayers,” Monroe said.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald