A new sign proudly proclaims a section of U.S. Route 67 as the “Dick Rawlings Memorial Highway,” thanks to legislation passed by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) and State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville). Dick Rawlings was a community leader who helped push for the expansion of Route 67 to four lanes.
“Dick Rawlings was a shining example of community service and dedicated himself to getting the expansion of Route 67 to four lanes,” said Sen. McCann. “Now it’s our turn to thank him for his hard work by dedicating part of that very road in his honor.”
Rawlings served as chairman of the Corridor 67 Committee, was a Morgan County Commissioner, a member of the county’s health board, and served his community in a multitude of other roles. In the private sector, he was an owner of Benton and Associates in Jacksonville from 1971-2002.
Rawlings passed away in July of 2014 at the age of 73.
“Dick Rawlings was not only a personal friend, but also a great friend to Morgan County and communities all along the 67 corridor,” said Rep. Davidsmeyer. “Dick worked tirelessly towards making the dream of U.S. 67 a reality that would benefit the entire western half of the state.”
Representatives of IDOT joined with community leaders, Senator McCann and Representative Davidsmeyer to dedicate the new sign bearing Rawlings name at the Liberty Road overpass on U.S. 67 during the morning of June 15, 2016.