Burleson city officials are looking into a name change for a portion of Interstate 35-W.
Officials have noticed a problem with addressing and inconsistencies on I-35W, Director of Engineering Services Laura Melton said. The frontage road area north of Renfro Street’s intersection with the interstate within Burleson city limits is named North Burleson Boulevard. The area south of Renfro Street within the city limits is called South Burleson Boulevard. The streets were changed from I-35 Frontage Road to Burleson Boulevard in 2000.
“There are problems caused by inconsistent addressing — for the public, it’s difficult to locate businesses,” Melton said. “More significantly there are 911 dispatch and emergency response issues. When people call in, they don’t properly identify the address.”
Callers sometimes state their location as simply I-35W instead of Burleson Boulevard. Local dispatch can recognize the address and route the call correctly, but other times calls will go to a non-Burleson 911 service, where dispatch isn’t as familiar with the area. Burleson Boulevard is the legal name when callers incorrectly identify the property. The legal name in the dispatch database is Burleson Boulevard, which can create some confusion when Burleson Boulevard isn’t mentioned.
“These folks are less familiar with the Burleson Boulevard and I-35W Frontage Road connection, and that can create some delay in response,” Melton said.
When Burleson annexed a portion of the I-35W corridor to the south, the portion was never renamed and is still listed as north or south I-35W. Businesses that are legally addressed as Burleson Boulevard choose to publish their address as I-35W Frontage Road instead, which creates confusion, according to a memorandum from the city.
Melton told city council members on Dec. 3 that the addressing issue will be tackled next year, starting with public input. The process is expected to start in January.