Bill to Rename Stretch of Highway 12 for Fallen Wayzata Officer has Hearing

March 07, 2018 06:54 PM

A bill that would rename a portion of Highway 12 in the west metro for a fallen Wayzata police officer had a hearing at the State Capitol Wednesday. 

Sens. Paul Anderson and David Osmek introduced the bill, which would rename the stretch of highway the Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Highway. The bill went in front of the Senate Transportation Finance and Policy Committee Wednesday.


RELATED: Wayzata Votes to Rename Section of Highway 12 after Fallen Officer

Mathews was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on Sept. 8 of last year while attempting to clear Highway 12 of debris. The vehicle’s driver, Beth Freeman, was charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death. 

Last October, the Wayzata City Council approved an ordinance to rename the stretch of highway where Mathews was killed in part to support the legislation Anderson and Osmek would later introduce Feb. 20.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has compiled a map of each stretch of memorial highway and bridge across the state as of 2016. 

View the map here


Michael Oakes

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