The territory is closer to the implementation of street addressing, with the imminent completion of a study to evaluate the territory’s existing addressing environment and development of proposals for an addressing system, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Completion of the study positions the office to move forward with plans to create a standardized and navigable addressing system for territorial roads, with the goals of improving the efficient use of GPS technology, full functionality of the emergency 911 system and expanded postal delivery to Virgin Islands homes.
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the University of the Virgin Islands — Eastern Caribbean Center (UVI-ECC) have partnered to advance the territory’s street naming and addressing project. The group has contracted with nationally recognized leaders in geospatial infrastructure development, applied geographics and spatial focus.
Naming the territory’s roads is a critical and necessary component of the street addressing project, since address assignment cannot occur on unnamed roads. Lt. Gov. Gregory R. Francis is encouraging residents to learn more about the historic street naming and addressing initiative and participate in naming streets throughout their communities. “Community participation is critical to our goal of achieving addressing throughout the territory,” said Francis. “We are especially hopeful that churches, schools and community organizations like the Lions and Rotary Clubs will become more involved in naming our streets and help to advance this project.”
Representatives of the project team are available to meet with community organizations to discuss the Virgin Islands Street Naming and Addressing Initiative. For more information or to set up a presentation for your organization’s next event, contact Chris George, GIS Coordinator/Street Addressing Project Manager at 776-8505 ext. 4321 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virgin Islanders are also reminded to continue to submit their street name recommendations to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Street naming guidelines and submittal forms are available on the Lieutenant Governor’s web site, www.ltg.gov.vi.