House T&I Committee Passes Bill Honoring Long-time Congressman Oberstar

AASHTO Journal, 19 September 2014

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved H.R. 4926, which would rename a segment of Minnesota interstate and a scenic byway after longtime congressman and former T&I Chairman James L. Oberstar.

Sponsored by Rep. Richard Nolan (D-Minnesota), the bill would designate a portion of Interstate 35 between Forest Lake and Duluth as the “James L. Oberstar Memorial Highway” and a portion of U.S. 61 between Duluth and Grand Portage as the “James L. Oberstar National Scenic Byway.”

A similar bill, S. 2522, was sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota).

Oberstar, who served in the House from 1975 to 2011 and who became T&I committee chairman in 2007, died in May.

Bill text and details are available here.

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