Washington (D.C.) Examiner staff writer Liz Essley wrote an article that caught my eye:
My question: Why haven’t they brought that idea to the table in Pennsylvania? Or if they have, why isn’t it bringing in money at this very moment?
Sure, a lot of Pennsylvania roads, bridges and interchanges are named for war heroes, politicians and other historical figures. For example, in Washington County (where I work) are the Barry Stout Expressway, also known as Route 43 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike system, for the state senator who helped get it built; the Farrell Jackson interchange off Interstate 79, for a former county coroner; and another interchange named for Walter Joseph Marm Jr. (pictured), a Medal of Honor recipient from the city of Washington.
We certainly wouldn’t want to change that last one.
But there are plenty of other stretches of asphalt that could lend themselves to naming rights. And there probably are plenty of corporations that would jump at the opportunity, given their proclivity to pay for their names on sporting venues and the like.
I can’t wait to drive on PNC Place or Consol Energy Boulevard. Better their contributions to the state coffers than mine.