Three lawmakers who died in the past year are among those now having sections of state highways named after them.
Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday signed House Bill 3108, which honors several deceased former lawmakers and law officers. The measure takes effect
Among those honored is former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Donald R. Coppock. He was born and raised in Cherokee, joined the Border Patrol in 1941 and served as chief for 14 years until he retired in 1973. Coppock died in September at the age of 100.
HB 3108 designates a portion of State Highway 11 northeast of Cherokee between its junctions with U.S. 64 and State Highway 38 as the U.S. Border Patrol Chief Donald R. Coppock Memorial Highway.
Three members of the Legislature who died in the past year also had parts of roadways named after them.
The section of SH 11 between the junction of SH 11 and U.S. 77 extending east to Kaw City will be called the Sen. David Myers
A portion of U.S. 70 from Broken Bow extending south to Idabel will be called the Rep. Rusty Farley Memorial Highway. Farley, from Haworth, died in July.
A section of U.S. 169 from the junction of U.S. 169 and State Highway 51 extending north to the junction of U.S. 169 and Interstate 44 in Tulsa will be named the Rep. Sue Tibbs Memorial Highway. Tibbs, from Tulsa, died in April.
Additional roadways or bridges renamed are:
• Part of State Highway 58 from the junction of SH 58 and State Highway 45 extending north to the junction of SH 58 and U.S. 64 is named the Coach Ray Troutt Memorial Highway.
• The bridge crossing Grand Lake on U.S. 59 in Delaware County between Copeland and Grove is named the Veldo M. Goins Memorial Bridge.
• Part of U.S. 75 from the junction of U.S. 75 and U.S. 412 extending south to the junction of U.S. 75 and U.S. 64 is named the Paul Harvey Memorial Expressway.
• The bridge crossing State Highway 50 north of Freedom near the intersection of SH 50 and U.S. 64 is named the Wesley and Maxine Nixon Bridge.
• Part of State Highway 125 from the junction of SH 125 and State Highway 85A extending south to where SH 125 terminates on Monkey Island is named the Charles Davis Memorial Highway.
• Part of Interstate 35 from the junction of I-35 and Indian Hills Road extending south to the junction of I-35 and State Highway 9 West is named Dr. James E. and Rep. Mina M. Hibdon Memorial Highway.
• Part of Interstate 44 from the point one mile north of the intersection of I-44 and U.S. 62 extending south to the intersection of I-44 and State Highway 7 is named the Bill W. Burgess Jr. Highway.
• Part of State Highway 48 in Creek County from the junction of SH 48 and W 251st Street South extending south to the junction of SH 48 and E 950 Road is named the Maj. Brice Clayton Coleman Memorial Highway.
• Part of U.S. 81 within the municipal limits of Hennessey is named the Sen. Ralph J. Choate
• Part of U.S. 75 beginning at the junction of U.S. 75 and W 201st Street South extending south to Okmulgee is named the Trooper William McClendon Memorial Highway.
• Part of State Highway 34 from the Dewey County and Custer County line extending northward to the Canadian River is named the Jimmy Harrel Highway.
• Part of State Highway 39 extending from the
• The bridge over an unnamed creek at Meadow Lake Park on U.S. 81, south of the municipal limits of Enid, is named the Sen. Robert Milacek Memorial Bridge. Milacek is a former state senator.
• The bridge over Black Bear Creek on U.S. 77, north of the municipal limits of Perry, is named the Gordon Roesler
• Part of State Highway 75 from Interstate 244 north to 56th Street North within the Tulsa municipal limits is named the Chappelle Family Memorial Highway.
• The bridge over the Kiamichi River on U.S. 271 one mile south of the municipal limits of Clayton is named the Aaron Harrison Scott Memorial Bridge.