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TX Lawmaker wants to change part of US-75 to George W. Bush Expy.

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Some drivers call it Central Expressway. Others know it as US-75.  

One state lawmaker wants to add to the confusion and call part of it the George W. Bush Expressway.

His idea has caused a little confusion and even a petition to stop it.

State Representative Dan Branch thinks the stretch between Knox-Henderson and Northwest Highway should have additional signs to help market the new George W. Bush Library on the SMU campus.

Activist Trey Carmichael does not agree.

"The library is big enough. You can see it from the highway. There's a street running in front of it named Bush. There's just a lot of things named after Bush and I think it's going to be confusing for people," said Trey Carmichael.

Carmichael's grandfather worked on Central Expressway after the Great Depression. This name addition is so personal to him that he started an online petition to prove that passion.

"It's blown up and there's almost 16,000 signatures," said Trey Carmichael.

The signs branch would be paid for by private money and the Bush designation wouldn't change Central's name at all.

He says it would be similar to the Tom Landry Highway distinction on I-30.

"I don't really care either way what it's called, George Bush or carries on as Central Expressway," says Michael Pearson.

"Central Expressway seems a perfectly adequate name," said David Schmersal.

This would not be a name change, more of a designation.

Driver won't have to stop calling the highway Central or 75.

Activist Trey Carmichael hopes to get 20,000 signatures on his petition then deliver it to Representative Branch, even if the bill passes.

The bill has been presented on the State House floor and will soon go to the Transportation Committee.

Representative Branch says he has bipartisan support for it and hopes to have the signs up September 1st.

The Bush library opens in one month.

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