WEST TERRE HAUTE —
The road formerly known as U.S. 40 in western Vigo County has a new name to emergency responders, effective May 1.
The road from the Wabash River running west through West Terre Haute to Bennett Lane has officially been renamed National Avenue. This change includes the roadway commonly referred to as “the grade,” according to information submitted to the Tribune-Star by Clark Cottom, chief deputy of the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.
As the roadway continues west of West Terre Haute toward the state line, the road will be referred to as National Drive.
All 911 calls — as well as police, fire and ambulance radio traffic in these areas — will use National Avenue or National Drive, rather than U.S. 40. Existing address numbers did not change.
The change brings Vigo County emergency services in line with recent changes made by the Indiana Department of Transportation in realigning U.S. 40 with Interstate 70 from Indiana 46 west of Terre Haute into Illinois. The change was necessary as many GPS devices, cell towers and other electronic location devices already had U.S. 40 aligned with I-70.
“We also had concerns that out-of-state emergency responders, as well as police and EMS helicopters, would be searching for addresses that essentially did not exist,” Cottom said.