CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - State Sen. Eric H. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) introduced Thursday
to designate a portion of State Route 562 in Hamilton County the “Barack Obama Norwood Lateral Highway.”
The highway would be the second in Hamilton County to honor a former president. State Route 126 was renamed the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway since the 1990's.
“When Cross County's name was changed, the criteria were two-term President, won Hamilton County both times. Both of those apply to President Obama, and so I thought there was a nice balance,” said Kearney.
The bill will eventually be referred to a committee for review.
"President Obama, like President Reagan won Hamilton County twice and was a two-term President," said Senator Kearney in a statement. "Such accomplishments deserve recognition."
"President Obama's presidency is historic and deserving of a lasting recognition through renaming State Route 562," Senator Kearney added.
The Norwood Lateral runs east to west for approximately 3.5 miles in Cincinnati and Norwood.
"It seems equitable, fair that we since we have one highway named after a Republican President, that it would be fair to name one after a Democratic President," Kearney told FOX19 NOW.
Kearney represents Ohio's 9th district, which includes parts of Cincinnati, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Norwood, Golf Manor, Hollydale, Columbia Township, Silverton and Springfield Township.