Q. When I am driving into Wilmington on any major road and I see a state highway sign stating miles to the city, what part of the city does that refer to?
A. The figures on those highway signs refer to a fixed point – city center.
According to Steve Abbott, communications officer with the N.C. Department of Transportation, city center is used to avoid the need to change figures when a municipality grows.
“The mileage number on highway signs is to the center of that town or city,” Abbott explained. “The reason is that the center of a town or city doesn’t change, so the number will always be accurate. That isn’t necessarily the case for a town or city limit, as it could change through annexation or development.”
Date posted: August 3, 2012
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