The reader adds that on Google Maps “there is a portion of North 10th Street that comes off of McRae Street near the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway off-ramp, but it does not exist when you drive by it. Is there anything on that street left from another era?”
And the answer:
The street shown on Google Maps could have been generated from an older centerline file that Google would have obtained from the New Hanover County Geographic Information System, said Donald Bennett, city of Wilmington traffic engineer.
“We refer to these streets as ‘paper streets.’ They are based on old surveys that may have designated rights of way for proposed streets that were never constructed,” Bennett said.
“This particular street, or its right of way, no longer exists in the city’s GIS,” Bennett added.
More information and road history may be found in the North Carolina Room at the New Hanover County Library, Bennett said.
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Date posted: August 15, 2011
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