Lawmaker wants to name part of highway after WW2 vet Richard Overton

Richard Overton

AUSTIN (KXAN) — World War II Veteran Richard Overton has passed on, but his name could become a permanent part of Austin.

Rep. Sheryl Cole wants to designate Airport Boulevard from East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard to Levander Loop by U.S. 183 as Richard Overton Memorial Highway. She filed a bill yesterday to accomplish just that.

Markers with the new name would be added, but the name of the road itself would not change. 

Overton died in December at 112 years old. At the time, he was the world’s oldest man.

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