TX State Rep. files bill to rename part of I-35 in Austin ‘Steve Adler Public Restroom Highway’
Austin, Texas – – Texas State Representative Bryan Slaton has passed a bill in the Texas House of Representatives calling for part of I-35 in Austin to be renamed the Steve Adler Public Restroom Highway.
The part Slaton plans to rename is the area between 4th Street and 11th Street where the homeless live.
Slaton, who represents House District 2, said in a press release: “Since lawmakers have made it clear that they intend to rename some highways and bridges in this session, I think it is imperative that we start with a freeway that will take the contributions of ( Austin) Mayor Adler. “
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