California Department of Transportation
 

 

Q How do highways and bridges get named after people?
   
A.

Only the California State Legislature can officially name a state highway. This is done in the form of a "Concurrent Resolution (CR)," which can be introduced by either the Assembly (ACR) or by the Senate (SCR). The resolution will appear in the statutes of the year it was passed. Once done, Caltrans puts up signs, which are paid for by the sponsors or friends of the person it is being named after.