The road name change is both temporary and accidental.
Within the past few weeks new road signs have cropped up along Route 40. One, marking Elkton's Melbourne Boulevard, renamed the road Melbourne Road.
According to Charlie Gischlar, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, the signs were put up following a paving project. "As a result of a past resurfacing project on U.S. 40 from Route 213 to the Delaware line, SHA incorporated new signs and markings as part of the project," said Gischlar.
He said that the contractor, Daisy Construction of Delaware, made and installed the new signs. Gischlar said the incorrect sign will be taken down and a corrected version marking the road as Melbourne Boulevard, will be in place in a few weeks.