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Posted on: August 9, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Old Town Road on TV

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Wellesley's Old Town Road is a TV star!

The residential street off Glen Road made local news broadcasts after the street signs were stolen three times in recent months. 

Old Town Road shares its name with a song by rapper Lil Nas X. The tune "Old Town Road" has been the Number 1 song on the Billboard charts for 18 weeks in a row. 

Currently the street sign posts are empty. The Department of Public Works is waiting for the song's popularity to fade before replacing the signs again. 

Each time the signs go missing, replacement costs can add up to $280, not including installation labor. 

First responders often rely on the street signs in emergencies and missing signs could delay response times. 

The Town of Wellesley hopes the recent, humorous publicity will help discourage individuals from taking Old Town Road signs or any other town street signs in the future. 

Thanks to The Swellesley Report for promoting this story.

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