There’s an access road that doesn’t have a name, and the city of Delaware’s parking and safety committee would like to change that.
The road is off of U.S. 23 and Cheshire Road, next to the stoplight. It runs parallel to U.S. 23 and leads to homes and an exit back onto 23.
“This frontage road by Cheshire Crossing serves five residents who have been there for some time,” said Bill Ferrigno, director of public works/city engineer. “The residents are in the city of Delaware. Each resident owns a portion of the road, and the road access is in (Liberty) township. The north and south ends of this are a public right of way.”
However, it was discovered that the road had no name after a service vehicle burned there.
“We received calls for several locations — Liberty Township was the initial, and they came in at Ohio Health Boulevard,” said Fire Chief John Donahue. “There’s a lot of addresses because they’ve done a lot of development there.”
“Public or private streets all have names for a lot of reasons,” Ferrigno said. “One of them is for emergency service, so they know where they’re going to.”
He said the residents along the road use a mailing address of Columbus Pike (which is the other name for U.S. 23) and their house numbers. However, there are no signs with street names along the road or at the ends.
The city wants to rename the road Kingman Hill Drive.
“We talked to the township, and we talked to the Ohio Department of Transportation (which built the road), and they are in agreement with the city,” Ferrigno said.
Four of the five residents petitioned the city to change the name of the road. The one resident who didn’t petition the city was concerned about how the renaming might impact the property. Ferrigno said he would talk further with the resident before coming back to the committee, and the matter was tabled.
If the committee does approve the name change, it would go before City Council as a resolution. If it passes, it was said both mailing addresses could be used by residents for up to two years.
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