RALEIGH — The city planning commission on Tuesday voted to drop the “new” from New Falls of Neuse Road and to designate the older branch of the road as “Old Falls of Neuse.”
The name changes, which must be approved by the City Council, result from the completion of the new bridge across the river in the fall of 2011 that connected Falls of Neuse Road with New Falls of Neuse Road in the Wakefield development. The four-lane road now changes names at an intersection with the older stretch of Falls of Neuse Road, which crosses the river just below the Falls Dam.
Mike Gutekunst, the acting city GIS manager, said the name change would help eliminate confusion among motorists and emergency responders. Businesses and residents would change only the street name of their address, not the street number.