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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) has sponsored a bill in the state Senate to designate US 17 as US Marine Corps Highway. The bill calls for $100,000 of Department of Transportation funds be allocated to pay for signage for the road.

The bill calls for the entire highway, which hugs the coast from the Virginia state line to the South Carolina state line and passes through Camp Lejeune, receive the name.

Goolsby, a Marine Corps veteran who represents New Hanover County, is sponsoring the bill with fellow Republican senators Harry Brown, who represents Onlsow and Jones counties, and Jean Preston, who serves Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties.

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38 Comments on "Goolsby wants US 17 renamed to honor Marines at cost of $100k"

2015 years 10 months ago

As a former Marine, my desire in this PROPOSED legislation is to honor our Marine Corps and its brave warriors. I will not vote for any legislation regarding signage that replaces functioning signs in good repair. When signs are replaced, we want the new ones to honor the Marine Corps. If the legislation starts to turn into a spend-fest, I will be the first to oppose it.

2015 years 10 months ago

Don’t try to weasel out of what you meant at first Thom….most of us already know what you meant but now since there’s a backlash against your proposal you’re trying to say I meant I won’t replace any signs that are in good repair….good try Thom, better luck with your next stupid idea/proposal.

2015 years 10 months ago

I used to be a downtown patron until I was consistently harrassed by Marines. Now I frequent the beach scene.
Perhaps the learned mentality of killing your fellow man makes then socially inept. If the few could control thier behaviour and temper not all Marines would get a bad rap.

2015 years 10 months ago

As a former Marine, I appreciate Mr. Goolsby’s efforts. However, I think that it could wait until better economic times. Why not designate US 17 as such and ask for sponsors for the signs and let them add a small business logo. This way, the signs could be placed along US 17 and the sponsors receive a tax credit.

2015 years 10 months ago

I can’t have my tax refund check yet but you can spend $100,000.00 to replace perfectly good road signs?? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


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