PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — As ideas to change the names of schools and major roads have sparked across the country, Maryland lawmakers are pushing to change the name of a major highway.
Maryland State senators Arthur Ellis and Obie Patterson have filed a bill that would change Maryland Route 210, known as Indian Head Highway, to “President Barack Obama Highway.” The road stretches through Southern Maryland in both Charles and Prince George’s Counties. Indian Head Highway has a high traffic volume with numerous deadly crashes a year and is known to be a dangerous road.
Officials are still looking into how much the name change would cost. Senator Patterson says it’s time to change the name as it has become sensitive to some.
“Changing the name of the highway is part of a holistic approach to really fixing a lot of things that are broken with that highway, it’s a deadly highway,” said Senator Arthur Ellis, (D) Maryland, Charles County.
If the law is passed, it would require the state highway administration to change the name.
Over a thousand people have signed a petition to rename the highway on change.org.