City stirs address pot of alphabet soup

As the city works to clean up residents’ home and business addresses, those on F and Patterson roads will be the first to undergo changes.

F Road turns into Patterson Road and back into F Road as it heads east to west. Those living along the route may have three-digit addresses or addresses may be attached with a 1/2. Some neighbors have addresses that alternate between F Road and Patterson Road.

City planners, working with Mesa County officials, want to change the road to Patterson permanently and to change addresses to create consistency, according to discussions during a City Council workshop Monday.

Addresses were added in a piecemeal fashion over the years as city and county policies differed. The area, which had primarily been in the county limits, increasingly has more pockets of city residents as annexation has pushed outward.

“If we would have tackled this 10 years ago, we would have had less problems,” said Grand Junction Public Works and Planning Director Tim Moore.

Residents can attend a series of meetings in May about the changes. Grand Junction City Council members are expected to vote on the changes during a July meeting. Mesa County commissioners are also expected to discuss the issue in July.

About 450 businesses along Patterson will have a year from notification to comply with the address changes. The U.S. Postal Service will work with residents’ new and former addresses during that time, said Lisa Cox, Grand Junction planning manager.

The county may not be able to follow the same timeline for sign replacement to match the new addresses. County Land Use and Development Director Linda Dannenberger said Monday in a meeting with county commissioners that the 46 county-owned road signs that say Patterson or F Road are on a seven-year replacement cycle.

“The county may not have the budget to replace them sooner,” she said.

Dannenberger said some businesses on Patterson requested a uniform name for the road because customers had trouble finding addresses that alternate between the city and the county grid system. Addresses will be changed to a Mesa County numbering system, which begins at the Utah line, instead of the city’s start point of Main and First streets. Addresses along Patterson Road with a county numbering system will not be changed.

The renaming project will also include eliminating fractions from addresses, Dannenberger said, because some delivery services do not recognize such addresses.

Not all addresses along the nine-mile corridor of F and Patterson roads will be changed. Also, only residents located along the corridor will be affected. Residents living north or south of the roadway in neighborhoods off the main route may not be affected.

Staff writer Emily Anderson contributed to this report.


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