State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, has introduced a measure in the Texas House to change the name of North Central Expressway to George W. Bush Expressway.
Aside from it being confusing (George H.W. Bush Expressway already crosses North Central in Plano), a petition to stop the bill mentions preemptive wars, torture, corporate welfare and more as reasons to not name the road after him.
Branch’s district includes most of Downtown, Uptown and parts of Oak Lawn.
The road is named after the North Central Railroad that followed the route from Downtown Dallas before the original highway was built in the late 1940s.
On April 25, the George W. Bush Library opens at Southern Methodist University. As happened during the groundbreaking, a protest is planned during the ribbon cutting. According to the Huffington Post, protesters will be demanding Bush be held accountable for war crimes, crimes against humanity and violations of U.S. and international law.
More than 15,000 people have already signed the petition on SignOn.org to stop the renaming of Central Expressway. The text of the petition against renaming Central is below.