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Are designations such as NW and SW part of the official post office address?

U.S. 17 and N.C. 211 divide Brunswick County into four quadrants. Google Map

U.S. 17 and N.C. 211/Lockwood Folly River divide Brunswick County into four quadrants. Google Map

Q. A number of Brunswick County roads have NW, SW, etc. following the street name. Are those designations part of the official post office address or just for county identification?

A. The SW, NW, SE and SW identifications do need to be added as part of the physical address if that is the resident’s mailing address, according to Brunswick County Address Administrator Jan Clemmons.

But those coordinates were put into place for identification within the county.

“The county is divided into four quadrants; U.S. Highway 17 divides the county with North Carolina Highway 211 dividing East/West on the northern side, and Lockwood Folly River divides East/West on the southern side,” said Clemmons. “If you were to see a county map, you would see that would make almost a perfect cross. North of 17 and west of 211 then it’s NW, so that will be the Ash area of the county. North of 17 and East of 211 is NE, and that will be Winnabow. The SW is south of 17 and west of the Lockwood Folly River, and South of 17 and East of Lockwood Folly River is SE.”

This map shows Brunswick County. Highway 211 cuts down the center of the county and meets Lockwood Folly River at Supply to continue down creating the four quadrants with U.S. 17:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Brunswick+County,+NC/@34.0894434,-78.3541192,11z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89aa0cc3d0bf4945:0x1f56ace02d327abb

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