What's In A Name?

By: Amanda Wagner
By: Amanda Wagner

One Road, multiple names. A look at why, in Grand Junction, the name of the road can change without the driver making a turn.

What’s in a name?
 
As I revealed in my last blog, "Getting Around in Grand Junction," I’m terrible at giving directions.   There are a couple reasons for this. First of all, I’m a control freak, which means I drive 99% of the time. Because I’m always the one driving, I am often getting and following the directions instead of giving them. But the second reason I am terrible at giving directions in Grand Junction, is because one street is called multiple things.
 
You know what I mean. 
 
Patterson is “F” Road. Highway 340 is Broadway, and even Grand further into town.  When I’m giving directions I find myself thinking more about what the street is called at that place in the road rather than how to get there. Why do we have so many different names for the same road? 
 
In the Newsroom we often have ‘newbies’ (people who have just moved to the Grand Valley). They move here from all parts of the country. They’re always fascinated with names like J 2/10ths road and 24 ½ Road.  They find it humorous that there’s a ‘2/10’ Road. That doesn’t seem nearly as odd as the fact that the name of the road changes once you get to different parts.
 
If there’s a road that has multiple names and you don’t know why, comment on this blog. Or if you know why the roads are re-named I’d love to hear your thoughts.
 
Amanda
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  • by Raymond Location: Grand Junction on Nov 11, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    Yeah Amanda I also do all the driving and also find it difficult to give directions to people using street names. I usually have to tell them directions by landmarks since there are quite a few roads here with multiple names. I have a great idea they should change the name of Patterson/F Road and name it after the prettiest woman in Colorado. Call it Amanda Ave.
  • by Tori Location: GJ on Jun 29, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    What I find annoying is the fact that since my addy has a fraction, many times it doesn't register as a real address with businesses or on the web. Not to mention that the FedEx lady told me that "my address doesn't exsist" when she delivered my packages to the wrong house, even though they were labeled correctly. And Qwest has trouble locating my addy for service. This entire area needs to have the street names and addresses redone. Why is a house 123 1/2?? Why can it not just be 125?
  • by Chuck Location: GJ on Jun 19, 2009 at 09:22 PM
    Think GV is fun, go to Delta, Montrose, or Mofatt Counties, and find 6450 Rd, CR5 Rd, M50 Rd. Try Albuquerque, 1500 SW Central is on the south side of Central West of 1st St, 1500 NW would be across the St. Mesa County is set up on a surveyors grid, all roads are numbers East from the State line, and lettered are N or S of A Rd, which is a Latitude, [not sure which one], some of the county lines go up the middle of the road, like in Fruita 18 Rd on the East and Pine on the West, K Rd on the North, Ottley on the South side, same road, boundary goes down the skip line. North Ave was E Rd East of 28 Rd when that was the end of GJ at Teller Arms. That's how we used to tell if you were in the city or county.
  • by Wendy Location: GJ on May 28, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    Wow- who knew the road name issue was so scandalous and thought provoking- IT is funny and it makes sense once you look at a map and know how the system works. Try being a Realtor and driving around trying to find a house- thank the Garmin Geniuses at work because they certainly help. There was a story that I heard when I first moved here about the way to remember Ouray, Chipeta and which one is before the other but for the life of me , I don't remember it. So if you see cars doing uturns- its probably a Realtor!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    Chris - Thanks for your comments. I agree with you, it makes complete sense that a road is named using mile increments and I understand how a road would get multiple names. I wasn’t attempting to say it was incorrect, I was simply saying that people who aren't from the area find it humorous. Thanks for watching, and commenting on my blog. - Amanda
  • by Chris Location: grand junction/fruitvale on Mar 24, 2009 at 09:09 PM
    well its really quite simple at one point those where different neighborhoods and it's not rocket science that different developer's made those streets grand junction didn't annex the areas until later. the county calls it one this and the city calls it another. and its high school mathematics why the 2/10's exists it's 2/10s of a mile! make sure you do your home and stick to reporting the news
  • by Crystal Location: GJ on Mar 19, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    So i have heard that the names of the roads change when you go from inside the original city limits out. Patterson changes to F road outside of city limits - the same for Orchard Ave turning into E 1/2 Road once you hit the fruitvale/clifton area. I have not researched this, so don't quote me, but that is how I heard it. I still think its annoying ;)
  • by Brian Location: Fruita on Mar 17, 2009 at 11:36 PM
    The Best Street Name?...Funny Little Street
  • by Allan Davidson Location: Grand Junction Colorado on Feb 26, 2009 at 10:54 PM
    you are the most beautiful girl on local TV. I'm really glad your are back in town. The road situation in grand junction is way out of hand hahaha I think all the names need to be switched to a traditional name and drop the lettered thing, its just too wierd! thanks
  • by Brad Location: OM on Feb 26, 2009 at 08:57 PM
    so true, by the way what's up with that ones guys? is it an early april fools joke? I hope you guys drop those ones!
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