Members of the White Salmon City Council unanimously approved name changes for segments of two city streets during the Oct. 17 council meeting.
The streets involved included a short portion of 6th Avenue, which is being changed to Dock Grade Road; and a portion of 10th Avenue, which is being changed to Oak Street.
Sixth Avenue will be renamed Dock Grade Road for its entire length between SE Oak and Jewett Boulevard. Tenth Avenue will be changed to SE Oak Street for its entire length to where it joins with Jewett Boulevard.
House numbers on the segments in question will remain the same; only the street name will change in the address.
The change of 6th Avenue to Dock Grade affects those living on one city block; while the change from 10th Avenue to Oak Street affects about two and a half blocks.
The new road names will officially take effect on Nov. 15. New street signs are expected to be put into place by then.
Wil Keyser, public works director for the city of White Salmon, said emergency officials are being notified of the change to avoid any possibility of confusion.
Keyser explained that the names are being changed to provide continuity.
"We have the new Dock Grade Reservoir there, and the contention is, rather than have the confusion of having 6th Avenue for just one block (before it turns into Dock Grade Road), make it Dock Grade all the way through," he said. "The same thing with 10th Avenue."
In each case, the name change eliminates situations where the name of a street changes at the end of, or in the middle of, a city block.
Council members did not offer any debate on the measure, and no citizens raised any objections to the change.
"We've been talking about it for months," said Mayor Roger Holen. "We finally got around to make it a reality. Everybody talks about Dock Grade Road, and it's really 6th Avenue. We wanted to make it consistent, so Dock Grade Road runs from SR 14 all the way to Jewett Boulevard."
Holen said he didn't anticipate anyone would object to the changes.
"There are only a few houses involved, and I doubt that it matters," he said.