Morrisville street names frustrating residents

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Some Wake County homeowners are learning a tough English lesson, all because of their street name. (WTVD)

Some Wake County homeowners are learning a tough English lesson, all because of their street name.

They live on Shakespeare Street in Morrisville. Six-and-a-half miles up the road, there's a new neighborhood with a road called Shakespeare Drive.

The situation is causing confusion, to the point where one neighbor had his cable cut off.

"We had folks trying to get in our backyard and see our house and peeking in our windows," said Shannon Robinson, who lives on Shakespeare Street.

Realtors and inspectors have showed up at Robinson's home to check things out. On Tuesday, a moving company pulled into her driveway ready to unload furniture and household items. Her neighbors have had their own experiences.

"The Time Warner was cut-off over there," said Robinson.

The confusion is happening because of essentially duplicate addresses.

Shakespeare Street is in Wake County. Shakespeare Drive is in Durham County, but both have Morrisville mailing addresses.

"I think that was poor planning on someone's part," said Kate Lanzisero, who lives on Shakespeare Street.

"It's been very frustrating," said Robinson.

ABC11 met Ryan Boss when he was power-washing homes on Shakespeare Drive. That's located in a new housing development. He is one person, who unfortunately, added to the frustration when he showed up in the wrong neighborhood to work.

"The first one or two times yes," said Boss.

Durham County's Planning Department has received complaints about the name picked for the newly established roadway. Supervisor Scott Whiteman says they would consider changing the name and anyone can apply for it.

A representative for True Homes, which is building The Sterling, would not comment on a switch or about the drama the name Shakespeare is causing.

"I just want them to get to the right place so they can get done what they need to get done. So we can go about our lives," said Robinson.

Residents are hoping the change happens so they gain some peace of mind in more ways than one.

"We're particularly concerned about emergency dispatches, if everybody's coming here. We're worried that someone over there is going to call 911 and EMS is going to show up over here," said Robinson.

It would cost about $1,000 to apply for the name change. The process could take several months and the city council would need to sign off.

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