Photo via Twitter user @michelle_sagan

An image of a Maryland highway sign with some serious advice relating to Donald Trump’s inauguration made the rounds on the web yesterday and this morning.

Somebody produced a very realistic (and funny) image of a sign on I-270 yesterday that read, “INAUGURATION JAN 20/EXPECT DELAYS/CONSIDER CANADA.” Twitter user @michelle_sagan was among the first to tweet the image. Her post was retweeted tens of thousands of times within less than a day. It also appeared on Instagram and Facebook.

Marylanders preparing for #Inauguration weekend with a pinch of humor

— michelle (@michelle_sagan) January 19, 2017

However, as the Sun’s Scott Dance first reported, state officials say it was a fake. The State Highway Administration said it never actually transmitted that final advisory line to display on the lighted board.

“It was a hoax,” an SHA spokesman confirmed to Baltimore Fishbowl. “We don’t know how that happened, but we just confirmed that it was definitely a hoax.”

Just to be sure, the spokesman said the agency sent workers to examine the actual sign, located on northbound I-270 before Exit 4 in Rockville. What it actually offered was a message for local commuters: “CONSIDER METRO.”

Traffic is going smoothly, but still consider using Metro. Here is I-270 near Montrose #mdotnews

— MD State Highway Adm (@MDSHA) January 20, 2017

As you can see, the sign wasn’t that far off, save for that one final word.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...