City Council changes street name
December 4, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
A 1 1/2-mile stretch of road in the south end of the city is about to get one mouthful of a new name.
Effective Jan. 1, drivers traversing the Southeast 88th Street corridor will officially be traveling along Southeast May Creek Park Drive.
The City Council approved the name change at its Nov. 5 meeting, setting one continuous name for the street that begins off Coal Creek Parkway as Southeast 89th Place and actually changes names six times along its route.
“This goes back to 2002, when the council then first decided that for its major directional roads that rather than have multiple street numbers, that we have a name for the entire section to provide clear directions to people,” Councilman Bill Erxleben said in August when he suggested the change.
The name change would add a certain prestige to the road, eliminate the confusion that comes with multiple street names and add a directional element since the road goes to the entrance of May Creek Park, Erxleben said.
The corridor is the city’s third most heavily traveled east-to-west road, just behind Newcastle Way and Newcastle Golf Club Road.
At various places in its route, the road is known as 112th Place Southeast, 114th Avenue Southeast, Southeast 88th Street, Southeast 88th Place, 124th Avenue and Southeast 89th Place.
The city was required to publically notify residents who live along the street, giving them an opportunity to comment on the proposal.
The change was a welcome one for most residents who were excited about the prospect of offering easier directions to their homes.
“I surveyed all the people on my street and they said, ‘Thank God, let’s make it easy for our visitors,’” said Newcastle resident Giles Velte, who spoke at the Nov. 5 public hearing about the name change.
Jim Price, vice president of Newcastle Trials, also offered his endorsement for the change, noting that the organization’s board unanimously supported it.
Rita Rothlisberger, who actually lives on the corridor, liked the change, too, but said the name was a bit too wordy.
The original name suggestion left off the Southeast directional portion, but it was added after an amendment offered by Deputy Mayor Lisa Jensen was approved.
“It seems reasonable to me to have a directional on the front of it because some people do use those and it sounds like our emergency responders use that to know what direction the street goes generally,” she said.
The city has experience with the process, changing street names to Newcastle Way and Newcastle Golf Club Road in 2003. Objections of the process most often come in the form of residents unhappy with having to change their address, Erxleben said.
Residents are given plenty of time to do so, though, since post offices generally agree to deliver mail with the previous street name on it for up to a year.
Similar to the signs on Newcastle Way, any new street signs would also likely have a smaller sign below it with the previous street name.
Installation of the signage won’t occur until Jan. 1 at the earliest, Public Works Director Mark Rigos said. The change will affect about 60-70 residences.
For most, the street name will be the only change, but for about 10 homes, both the street name and the street address number will be altered, Rigos said.