A stretch of Southern California freeway will be renamed President Barack H. Obama Highway.
California lawmakers in both houses voted Tuesday to commemorate the former president by renaming a stretch of Highway 134, now called the Ventura Freeway, honoring his local ties as a former student of Occidental College and resident of Pasadena, Calif.
According to the Los Angeles Times, private funding will be used to construct signs with Obama's name along the route. The California Department of Transportation will run estimates on the cost of creating the new signs.
Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino, who authored the state Senate resolution, said Obama used that portion of the freeway during his freshman and sophomore years at Occidental.
"I am so proud to have authored this proposal to forever appreciate and commemorate President Obama's tremendous legacy, statesmanship, and direct connection to Southern California," Portantino said in a statement.
The proposal passed on the same day that the Trump administration announced it is rescinding the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program protecting illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children from deportation.
"It is also quite appropriate and symbolic that the California legislature would pass this resolution for a president filled with compassion on the same day we witness another president turn his back on 800,000 children," Portantino added.
Former President Ronald Reagan also has a Southern California freeway named in his honor, located in the Simi Valley-San Fernando area.