Highway proposal to go to DOT
BRIGHTON — A proposal to rename part of Highway 78 to honor a Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa newspaperman is entering its final stages, with the official paperwork scheduled to be given to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) Friday.
Rose Jaynes of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce said that the group had recently received the last resolution from a city along the route that the Chamber hopes to name in honor of Jay N. “Ding” Darling.
“I just visited the last of them,” Jaynes said. “We have resolutions from each town and each county board of supervisors. We are ready to take it to the district DOT.”
She also said that Gov. Terry Branstad had given a proclamation in favor of the request.
She said that if the DOT approves the request, a section of Highway 78 from Olds to just west of Hedrick will be renamed the Jay N. “Ding” Darling Memorial Highway. Darling was one of the early proponents of conservation.
Jaynes said that there is no time line so she is unsure when word will be given if the proposal has been accepted.
The project began when the Brighton Chamber inquired about holding a Ding Darling Day and a member of the state government had suggested renaming the hgihway.