Inconsistent addresses cause issues for emergency crews

By: Ian Margol Email
By: Ian Margol Email

Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) --- With mapping and GPS technology constantly growing, you might think it would be easier to find your way around Grand Junction.

However, as any online shopper can tell you, sometimes street names with half, quarter or a decimal after a street name pose issues for finding addresses.

"Our public safety responders who are going out trying to find these addresses when they are mismatched or the address is not in a certain sequence they are not able to find it," says Project Manager for the Grand Junction Police Department, Paula Creasy.

Most GPS' today use a technology called 'address ranges' that judge where you are based on your distance between two points on a street.

While our 911 communications center doesn't use address ranges, their system of point mapping still isn't perfect and sometimes requires people physically going to certain addresses to "pin-point" a spot.

To correct these issues, experts have recommended re-addressing Grand Junction.

But it's up to the city council to make the final decision on whether to give new addresses to the entire city or to focus on just the problem areas.


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