Colorado lawmaker proposes naming part of I-25 for former President Obama

Posted at 3:47 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 17:47:15-04

A Colorado lawmaker is proposing that the stretch of I-25 that runs through Denver be renamed for former President Barack Obama.

Rep. Dan Pabon, a democrat who represents northwestern Denver in the Colorado State House, introduced the bill Thursday. The bill would rename the entire stretch of I-25 within the city of Denver the Barack Obama Highway.

The bill lists several reasons for the name change, including Obama accepting the Democratic nomination for President at Mile High Stadium. The legislation would also allow the Colorado Department of Transportation to accept gifts and donations for the initial placement of the signs marking the stretch of I-25.

This is not the first stretch of the interstate named for a President. A stretch of I-25 in El Paso County is named after former President Ronald Reagan and in Pueblo County another portion of the interstate is called the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway.