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Madison County was divided into four different quadrants to begin the 911 addressing process. The four quadrants are divided by the roads N SR 53, S SR 53, E US 90, and W US 90. For example, all roads east of N SR 53 and north of E US 90 will be given the suffix NE in all addresses. Each quadrant was also given a "theme" for the road naming part of the project. The NE quadrant is plants/trees, the SE is history, the SW is geography, and finally the NW Quadrant names are all animals. However, some traditional road names were kept in each quadrant.


Why NAME instead of NUMBER Roads? NAMES or NUMBERS?
We are a member of NENA and they have strong evidence to support naming instead of numbering a road in the delivery of emergency services. Road numbers are much easier to get confused than names, especially when the address is something like 23484 CR2345. Imagine this repeated many times a day, day in and day out.


Also, within each quadrant other roads were designated as dividers to give emergency services a better idea of how far into the county they would be traveling. Beginning with the roads closest to the meeting point of SR 53 and US Hwy 90, the road names will start with the first letters of the alphabet and as you travel further out into the county, the road names will begin with letters near the end of the alphabet. For example, a road 2 miles from the meeting point of SR 53 and US Hwy 90 in the SW quadrant may be named SW Alabama Trl, however if the road was 22 miles from the meeting point it may be named SW Zaire Way.

There is also a "pattern" to how an address number is determined. For roads running primarily east and west, the beginning of the road is determined by which end is closest to SR 53. This beginning point on the road is given the address number of 100 and an address is given every 10.56 feet from this point on with odd address numbers on the left and even address numbers on the right. For roads, running primarily north and south, the beginning of the road is determined by which end is closest to US Hwy 90. This beginning point on the road is given the address number of 100 and an address is given every 10.56 feet from this point on with odd address numbers on the left and even address numbers on the right. Dividing the road up into 10.56 foot increments means there are approximately 1000 addresses per mile.



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Cindy Colwell
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