Name That College Station Road...What?

You travel them every day, but rarely do you have the opportunity to name the road you drive on. And with construction on roads in south College Station nearly complete, residents have been chipping in on what could go on the street signs.

It's been a once-in-a-lifetime chance courtesy of College Station.

"The city doesn't typically name roads that often," said City Manager Glenn Brown. "Typically, a developer, as part of the subdivision process, will name the road."

But with much of the stretch of State Highway 40 and Greens Prairie Road East still to be developed, the city council had the option to name it.

"They decided at a council meeting that it would be nice to get some input from the community, from different citizens, and they opened it up and decided to have some sort of contest," said Becky Nugent, the city's public information officer.

And after a few weeks, the city figured they'd be lucky to have a couple hundred entries. In the end, they got more than 550. The deadline's passed, and they're still getting entries. To put it in perspective, the number of votes for name the road is just about half the number of votes cast in the 2004 city elections.

"Word's gotten out and people are looking at it as somebody they'd like to honor," said Brown. "Some of them are kind of funny. Some of them are very serious."

Like the entry for beloved doctor O.C. Cooper. An entry for him included a DVD retrospective of his life.

City employees have even garnered votes, including Parks and Rec Director Steve Beachy.

There are some unique ones. Though the road is not a court, Divorce was entered as a possible name. Then there's Unexpected Road. "It may surprise people," wrote the entrant.

Many are A&M in nature. Miss Reveille's name is up for debate, as is President Robert Gates's. But the most entered street name with more than 75 votes: Billy Gillespie.

"There's no prize, just the glory of naming the road," said Nugent. "And we'll probably give the winner a miniature sign and the opportunity to unveil the sign."

In the end, the city council will have the final say. But any name is possible. One citizen even entered KBTX Chief Meteorologist Bob French.

The city council will hold a public hearing at next week's council meeting so citizens can make their cases for a current entry or suggest a new one.


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