City of Duncan renaming streets to help with new 911 system

Updated: Mar. 22, 2017 at 7:19 PM CDT
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DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) - The city of Duncan will soon be changing the names of some streets to eliminate confusion that's plagued residents and first responders for years.

It's also part of the long-term plan to implement an enhanced-911 system that will pinpoint the exact location of an emergency call for help.

There are several streets in Duncan neighborhoods with the same name but with different variations like court, lane, circle, or avenue.

The new mapping system, ideally, will reduce the chances of a first responder going to the wrong address.

Cassidy Morgan has lived with his parents in their home for four years off Primrose Road. Morgan said living in a neighborhood that also has a Primrose Court, Circle, and Lane can be a inconvenience to friends, and the mail man.

"It kinda is because I tell people that I live on the corner of Primrose but there are three of them, so which one is it," Morgan said.

But Community Development Director Nate Schacht said they hope to clear up some of the confusion soon by adopting an ordinance that will establish standards for naming streets, posting street signs, and addresses. While residents and business owners might not agree with the changes, Schacht said it all comes down to safety.

" If there is an accident or a situation that is occurring on that property that needs a first responder there immediately whether its a fire truck or police car or ambulance, we want to make sure we can get there as soon as possible to save lives in the situation," Schacht said.

These changes stem back from a federal mandate that was passed in late 90's that states a system must be in place for 911 addressing to occur nationwide.

"If a tragic event like a tornado came through and we were getting assistance from folks out of Texas or Kansas they would be able to assist in finding the proper address because they would be familiar with the  addressing system as it's similar to what they have in their community," Schacht said.

And residents like Morgan agree the changes are necessary and can help save lives.

"I think it's a good idea because there is a lot of clarification issues at the right place and you don't want the EMT's to go to the wrong house and they can't find the right person," Morgan said.

Once city officials determine what other streets need to be changed or renamed, it should take anywhere from 18 months to 2 years to complete the project.

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