Since it was named, Dels Lane has long been known without an apostrophe, but that has come into question with the new traffic signal at Dels Lane and Golden State Boulevard.
The new signs at the intersection read “Del’s Lane,” different from what most of the signs on the road read. There are only a few other signs with apostrophes.
News of the signs along Dels Lane differing from one another surprised Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden.
“I have driven by those signs many times and did not notice the difference,” said Wasden.
But the questions remains: is it Dels or Del’s? According to the City, it could technically be both.
According to Director of Development Services and City Engineer Mike Pitcock, the City of Turlock’s master list shows the street without an apostrophe, but the original dedication for the road may have been intended to include the apostrophe.
“It is my understanding that the name was originally approved when the dedication for the road was made and the land owners asked that the road be named after their son Del,” Pitcock said. “So the intent may have been to have the apostrophe (Del’s Lane). But a master list does not reflect that.”
According to the master list, the new signs at Dels Lane and Golden State Boulevard are incorrect, along with the signs at the intersections of Gettysburg Street, Minnesota Avenue, and Waves End Way.
Although the street signs are incorrect, at this time the City has no plans to replace the signs.
“To change it now would cost the city money in a change order,” said Pitcock. “I’m not sure this type of additional expense is warranted as the sign functions the same with or without the apostrophe.”
Pitcock estimated the cost to replace the signs between $3,000 and $5,000, including labor, material, and truck rental.