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Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or rsidersky@freelancestar.com. You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.

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Getting There: Solving the case of the misspelled street signs

THERE are all kinds of modes of trans- portation that have been created to help stem the congestion on Interstate 95–carpools, vanpools, buses, rail, slugs.

They all help in their own way, but there is another method that trumps them all: telecommuting. The other methods cut back on the amount of vehicles on the interstate; teleworking cuts out vehicles.

There will be a big gathering up north Tuesday to look at ways to improve teleworking for federal workers.

Telework Exchange, a D.C.-based public-private partnership that promotes teleworking, will host a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C.

The convention is part of the federal government’s move toward creating a digital strategy aimed at giving workers the tools to work in a secure mobile network.

One thing seems certain: Teleworking is going to grow.

An April Telework Exchange report stated that 21 percent of federal workers telecommute, full time or part time. The IT professionals who took part in the report said they expect that percentage to increase.

But the telework program is still a work in progress. There are still issues with actual workable networks, security and wireless access.

Hopefully the 1,000 IT professionals and federal decision-makers who will attend the conference can figure out how to make it work.

Dear Scott: In my neighborhood, there are two street signs that are misspelled.

They both involve the word Rappahannock. This is such a common word here in Fredericksburg that it absolutely needs to be fixed, in my opinion.

Rappahannock Drive is spelled in both spots with one “n.” The problem signs are located where this road intersects with Macon Drive, as well as where it intersects with Smith Station Road.

Who is responsible for fixing these signs?

I did notice that another street sign was fixed in my neighborhood recently.

The same street had been called Hot Springs Lane and then, one block later, it was correctly written as Hot Spring Lane.

Now it’s time to fix Rappahannock, too!

 

–Larisa Bowling, Spotsylvania

Call it the case of the missing n’s.

Counties handle issues with street signs, so that’s who you want to contact if there is ever an issue in your neighborhood.

In this case, the county sent out a worker in the sign department and he confirmed that the two signs are misspelled.

Amy Bernard, Spotsylvania’s sign coordinator, said she will order new signs and they should be fixed in about two weeks.

She said developers install the first set of street signs in neighborhoods. The county then handles any fixes or replacements.

There are several neighborhoods along Rappahannock Drive, so it looks like the culprit will be lucky enough to stay anonymous.

 

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436

Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com

 

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