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An image spreading around social media of a highway sign suggesting Maryland motorists "CONSIDER CANADA" was so convincing, state transportation officials had to double check it.

The sign stretching above northbound Interstate 270 in Rockville warns commuters to expect delays because of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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State Highway Administration officials found the viral image concerning enough that "we sent some of our people up there," agency spokesman Charlie Gischlar said.

"CONSIDER METRO," the sign read.

Gischlar confirmed it with an image of the same video board pictured in the social media image, captured Friday morning.

"Whoever did it, though, I have to give them credit -- it looks real," he said.

Light traffic was reported on roadways into Washington, D.C., and on Metro rail Friday morning.

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