WV 911 Address Conversion Half Done

It's been under way for nine years already, but the statewide conversion from rural-route to city-style street addressing has a long way to go.

The Exponent Telegram says only half of West Virginia's 55 counties have completed the addressing and mapping initiative, aimed at helping emergency responders locate homes more quickly.

A statewide contractor hired for the project was fired, and that shifted responsibility for the task to each county.

Greg Skidmore is coordinating the job in Taylor and Harrison counties. He says he's finished his job and submitted his recommendations to the U.S. Postal Service.

But he says residents in those counties shouldn't expect to see the changes for months.

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