OGDEN -- South Oakcrest Drive has been in Ogden since the 1960s, but it probably won't be here for much longer -- and emergency responders and mail carriers will be forever grateful.
The city wants to change the name of South Oakcrest Drive to 4550 South where it runs between Taylor and Fillmore Avenues. And where it runs between Fillmore and 1630 East, the city wants to name it 4560 South.
The street was first platted in 1964 in the Forest Green Estates subdivision, which is directly east of Weber State University's Dee Events Center.
The road begins at Taylor Avenue, just north of 4600 South and shifts slightly to the south as it hits Fillmore.
According to the city engineering division, there has been a long history of confusion on the street for people trying to find homes in the area. Visitors, mail and delivery services, and most importantly, emergency services have all encountered trouble when navigating the neighborhood.
The reasons for the confusion are several. First, the area where the street splits at Fillmore Avenue and then shifts to the south essentially makes for two different streets with the same name.
Second, there already is an Oakcrest Drive to the street's immediate northeast. The eastern portion of South Oakcrest Drive also turns into Oakcrest Drive at 1630 East.
Also in the same neighborhood is a cul-de-sac known as Oakcrest Circle.
But perhaps the biggest cause for confusion is modern technology.
Russ Eldredge, from the city's engineering office, said things really got crazy when GPS hit the scene.
"It became an issue a couple of years ago," he said. "The (GPS) software recognizes 'south' as a direction and not part of a (street) name. So when somebody calls in from a South Oakcrest address, it automatically defaults to Oakcrest."
Eldredge said when fire trucks, ambulances and police cars go to the neighborhood, it's not uncommon for them to arrive at the home of someone who didn't call for them.
"If they can't find (the house), they have to call back to dispatch, who has to call back to the person who made the phone call in the first place," Eldredge said. "It adds quite a few minutes onto the response time."
Ogden Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson and Assistant Police Chief Eric Young are in favor of the change.
Ogden city officials believe the change is a no-brainer, but those who live in the neighborhood are split on the issue.
Several residents who will be affected by the change would like to see the street given a new name instead of going by a number.
Conversely, another group of residents want the numbers, saying they will better erase the confusion.
Lisa Goff is part of a group in the neighborhood that wants the street name changed to Aspen.
"Most of the streets in our subdivision have association with trees," said Goff, who presented the city council with a petition signed by 22 residents who also want Aspen. "We want something more personal (than a number)."
Sylvia Cobabe, Fran Bradshaw and a handful of other neighbors want a numbered system for the street.
"Nobody has been able to find our house for years," Cobabe said. "Numbers tell people exactly where we are."
Residents have also expressed concern over having to change their addresses if the proposal is accepted.
Eldredge said the city will provide residents with change of address forms.
"This isn't the kind of thing we take lightly or want to do very often, because it is an inconvenience to the residents," Eldredge said. "But we think this solution will be beneficial."
The city will decide on Aspen, a numbered system or a hybrid of both, and the council will likely hold a public hearing on the issue later this month.