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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

May 22, 2003


Charlotte, NC - What's in a name? When the name is the same, a lot of problems, misdirection, and potentially life-threatening situations. That's why the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are working with residents, property owners and businesses along I-85 Service Road to develop distinct names for individual segments.

Interstate 85 Service Road is actually 17 separate road segments - all named the same, with the North and South designation changing at the Glenwood Drive exit. That's why emergency responders, the postal service, delivery companies, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and others often have difficulty finding some addresses. The problem is especially acute for police, fire and EMS responders. Since there are two road segments with the same name, the chance of an emergency crew getting dispatched to the wrong address is greater.

This is why the City and County have determined that the best and permanent solution is to rename each segment with a unique street name. To allow the public as much input as possible on the process, including the new names, an informational meeting is scheduled:

Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at 6:30 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
Room 267
600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte
(Free parking is available in the Davidson Street parking deck)

Representatives from Police, Fire, Medic, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Engineering and Property Management, and Mecklenburg County Addressing will be available to answer questions. A separate community meeting will be scheduled for each of the phases as they commence.

The City and County are committed to making the change as painless as possible for businesses and property owners. The new addresses will be reported to all emergency services, U.S. Postal Service, and utility companies. The process will take place in six phases over a 1 ½-year period to allow business and property owners to adjust to the new street name - signage, stationary, business cards, etc. Five of the phases are within the city limits and one is outside.

Any citizen with questions can call the Charlotte Department of Transportation's Public Service Division at 704-336-2261 or check the Web site .

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