Canada Did Not Annex the Ben Franklin Bridge. If you’ve used Google Maps lately, you may have noticed an odd name pop up over roads like the Vine Street Expressway, Schuylkill Expressway and White Horse Pike in South Jersey.
US Route 30 has been mislabeled by the wayfinding giant as Quebec Route 366. The issue isn’t limited to our area either. US-30, which runs West to East across the country as a patchwork of major and minor thoroughfares, is mislabeled in other cities and states too.
After receiving several emails from readers and coming across loladelphia’s Tumblr post on the issue, we decided to hit up Google for comment. A spokesperson said the issue may have come from an inaccuracy in a third-party vendor’s data:
Google is committed to providing our users with the richest, most up-to-date maps possible. We’ve built our map from a wide range of authoritative sources, ranging from the U.S. Census Bureau to commercial data providers, and have used satellite, aerial, and Street View imagery to help complete the map. Overall, this provides a very comprehensive and up-to-date map of the US, but we recognize that there may be occasional inaccuracies that could arise from any of those sources.
Google says they’ve passed along the issue to their tech team for correction and ask users to report problems when they notice them using the report link at the bottom of every map.
We also looked for the real Quebec Route 366 and it runs just outside the city of Gatineau on the banks of the Ottawa River.
So rest your hearts Philadelphia, we are not going Canadian.
[Google Maps, loladelphia via mynoxide, Google Help Center]