Where did the curly W go on MDot signs?

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When Nationals Park was opened in 2008, I was surprised to that the Maryland Department of Transportation had put up signs for it. After all, Nationals Park is in Washington D.C., not Maryland. This happened despite Maryland having a major league team within its borders. Virginia has not put up any similar signs.

In April, I noticed driving down I-270 south, that the curly W on the sign was missing. I might have even mentioned to my wife that it was no longer there. I did not think much of it though until I saw that another Nationals Park sign (above) on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495 south) near Greenbelt lacked a curly W. A trip around the southeast side of the beltway revealed the curly W’s were missing from overhead signs too. Signs for FedEx Field included the FedEx and Washington Redskins logos.

A few weeks ago, I contacted MDot to find out what happened to the curly W’s.

In the last few weeks I’ve noticed that the “curly W” from the “Nationals Park use Metro EXIT XX” big green signs on I-270 southbound and I-95/495 southbound are no longer there. The “curly W” was on the signs when they were erected in 2008 and I’m curious as why they are now missing. I’m pleased those signs are there though :)

Other than a “I’ve forwarded this to the State Highway Administration” I have not gotten an answer back. I will let you know if I do.

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