By Shaun Boyd

DENVER (CBS4) — It’s possible you could soon hear about a traffic backup or accident on the “Barack Obama Highway” in Denver.

A bill that names the stretch of Interstate 25 through Denver after the 44th president passed a House Committee with no one speaking in opposition and only one Republican voting against it.

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House Joint Resolution 18-1016 was proposed by Rep. Dan Pabon.

Pabon, a Democrat representing Denver, says that part of Denver is where it all began for Pres. Obama.

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In 2008, he received the democratic nomination at the Pepsi Center and gave his acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium.

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“Essentially this recognizes the contributions that President Barack Obama has made to our city, our state and our country.”

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Naming highways in Colorado after former presidents is not unusual.

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There’s the Ronald Reagan Highway in El Paso County, the John F. Kennedy Highway in Pueblo County, Gerald R. Ford in Eagle County and, of course, the Eisenhower and Johnson Tunnels.

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Former Rep. Rosemary Marshall testified in favor of the resolution, “Barack Obama has a special time in history as the first African American president… and this would be a wonderful tribute to his legacy.”

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But Rep. Dominique Jackson, a Democrat representing Aurora, says why stop at I-25, “He must have traveled down I-70 at some point. Perhaps all of I-70 leading up to 225 in Aurora could also be renamed.”

The committee left that suggestion up for a full floor debate but passed the resolution 12-1.

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It is one of three resolutions this year to rename highways. There’s one to name a stretch of Highway 85 after late pastor and civil rights leader James McMearn, and Highway 84 after CDOT worker Nolan Olson, who was killed on the job.

Colorado also has several highways named after soldiers who died in combat. All of the highway signs are payed for with donations.

You can read the full text of the bill here.

Shaun Boyd is CBS4’s political specialist. She’s a veteran reporter with more than 25 years of experience. Follow her on Twitter @cbs4shaun.

Comments (10)
  1. Beth Cox says:

    Leave the highway alone. If you can remove all statues because you don’t like what they stand for then you can decide to rename a highway after someone who increased racism and discontent. SMH

    1. The worse highway and the worse president. Sounds about right.

  2. I truly think our Country is in a slide we can’t fix thanks in PART to Obummer. We can’t hold him liable for the whole dysfunctional Government but certainly he was the worst of the worst in MY opinion.
    Maybe name an alley if 5 points for him and I don’t mean for this to be racial.
    The dude was an idiot with money and bigger idiots standing behind him. He accomplished nothing.
    Why do we preach equality yet make an exception and use the term first “Black” President like this is extra special? So if he was purple would he have been first Purple President?
    Have you cake and eat it too libs!

  3. 2leelee says:

    Please, Do Not rename any part of I-25 to Obama.

  4. Bill Leake says:

    A wholly unearned honor by an underserving man. Even if he was deceased like the others, I personally would find it objectionable.

  5. Do not name that highway after that loser. He will probably end up going to jail in the Comey scandal anyway and then what an embarrassment to this city.

  6. Name a section of the wall after the loser , I don’t have to look at it. Leave I25 alone.

  7. For those of us who think that Obama is an evil man who trashed the government, naming I-25 after him would be needlessly divisive, which is typical of people who supported him.

    My question to Pabon is: “Why are you trying to pick a fight?”

  8. Glenn Rogers says:

    Leave i 25 alone especially don’t name it after him.

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