Merle Haggard has received a new honor in his home state of California: A stretch of highway now bares his name.
As reported by the Record Searchlight, the Interstate 5-Highway 44 interchange in Redding, Calif. — located about 10 miles west of Palo Cedro, where Haggard was living at the time of his death — will now be named the Merle Haggard Memorial Overpass. Two local radio personalities were instrumental in drumming up the funding for the project, which was backed by state Sen. Ted Gaines.
“Basically, we have been talking about something for a long time, like we needed to name a street after Merle,” says Patrick of the Billy and Patrick Mornings show on Q97 FM. “We didn’t want people to give money and not get anything back, so we thought, let’s do T-shirts.” . . . . Read More