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Interstate 278, Interstate 287 — what's the difference?

A typo on a sign along a bridge linking Harlem and the Bronx is confusing some commuters. The northbound exit sign points drivers to Interstate 287 instead of the correct Interstate 278.
/ Source: NBCNewYork.com

A typo on a sign along the Willis Avenue Bridge is confusing some commuters.

The northbound exit sign alerts drivers to Interstate 287, instead of the correct Interstate 278.

NBCNewYork viewer Cecil Shepherd tipped us off to the snafu.

"This route is the way home from Manhattan for many of us living in Westchester and Connecticut. I wouldn't be surprised if other drivers were at least momentarily confused," Shepherd told NBCNewYork.

Fordham University student, Andrew Colianti, who uses the bridge daily to get to the Bronx campus, agrees "that area can be very misleading for drivers who may be crossing the bridge for the first time. This just makes it worse."

After NBCNewYork made a few calls, the NYC Department of Transportation confirmed the error.

The sign will be fixed by the weekend, according to DOT press secretary Scott Gastel.

The swing bridge, which connects Harlem to the South Bronx, carries over 60,000 commuters daily, according to the city's Department of Transportation website.

The new Willis Avenue bridge opened to traffic on Oct. 2nd.