Glitch in GPS causes problems for Burgaw neighbors, truck drivers

Published: Apr. 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2013 at 7:04 PM EDT
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Traveling on one road in Burgaw is a bit difficult because of a glitch with some GPS units.
Traveling on one road in Burgaw is a bit difficult because of a glitch with some GPS units.

BURGAW, NC (WECT) - Homeowners on East Wilmington Street in Burgaw are breathing a sigh of relief. The town replaced a sign telling truck drivers to turn around with an even bigger sign. In the past, homeowners say drivers would ignore the sign and continue down their street, getting stuck in front of their homes.

Town leaders say, truck drivers were going the wrong way, because of a glitch in the GPS system. Leaders say older GPS systems or GPS systems that haven't been updated show East Wilmington Street connecting with McKoy Road, where there are a lot of industrial companies.

Even though leaders notified GIS about the issue, and had it fixed for new navigational devices, they say not all truck drivers are getting the message.

"It's frustrating," said Dave Orwig, who lives on East Wilmington St. Extended. He says truck drivers often come rumbling down East Wilmington St. looking for the intersection that doesn't exist.

He says some of them continue onto the dirt road in front of his home, and then get stuck as they try to turn around.

"We get locked in," said Orwig. He says sometimes he can drive through the golf course behind his home to get out, but other times he's stuck at his house.

"We can't get to the grocery store; we can't leave the area," said Orwig. "It's frustrating, especially if you are handicapped." He says getting stuck isn't the only problem, adding that when the trucks try to turn around, they tear up his yard and his neighbor's yard.

"Because the truck is so heavy, it makes ruts  in my yard," said Orwig. He and others on his block say something needs to be done fast to stop trucks from going the wrong way.

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