SR 904 "Lt. Col. Michael Anderson" Highway dedicated
Friday, August 01, 2003
Al Gilson, Public Information Officer (509) 324-6015
State Route 904 was named as the Lt. Col. Michael Anderson Highway in
a ceremony on Thursday, July 31st. The special sign unveiling was held
in Cheney near the intersection of Betz Road. The astronaut’s parents,
Bobbie and Barbara Anderson were on hand for the special event and unveiled
the commemorative sign that would be placed along the highway near Interstate
Anderson was part of the seven-member crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia,
which broke up upon re-entry to the earth’s atmosphere on February
2nd. Anderson graduated from Cheney High School in 1977 and considered
Spokane his home.
Mr. Bobbie Anderson addressed the gathering with some special words
about his astronaut son. Also, speaking at the event were Fifth District
George Nethercutt; representatives from Senators Patty Murray and Maria
Cantwell; State Senator Larry Sheahan; and State Representative Alex
Wood. Chris Marr spoke on behalf of the Washington State Transportation
Commission and the Department.
Attendees also included State Representatives Don Cox and Jeff Gombosky
and a number of civic leaders.
The West Plains Chamber of Commerce worked with the Legislature and
the Transportation Commission the highway naming effort earlier this
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