As bad as a move this was it was even more poorly timed; just a few days before the Fourth of July. The original painters hope to be allowed to repaint the American flag mural in time for the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he was unhappy that the California Department of Transportation has painted over a mural of an American flag on a concrete slab near the Sunol Grade section of Interstate Highway 680 in unincorporated Alameda County near Sunol.
In a prepared statement, Schwarzenegger called the flag patriotic and meaningful.
He said that to remove the flag, "only a few days before we celebrate our independence and reflect on the freedoms we are lucky enough to enjoy in America is unconscionable. I extend my apologies to the artists whose mural inspired drivers along 680 for over eight and a half years."
Until Wednesday, motorists saw a 35 foot mural of the American flag painted on a concrete retaining wall.
On Thursday, it was just gray concrete painted over by Caltrans.
"It was put on the list for graffiti removal and yesterday morning they painted over it with grey concrete paint," said Allyn Amsk of Caltrans."
Update (8/6/2010): Repainted.