NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – An 11-mile stretch of U.S. 24 now bears the name of former State Representative Phyllis Pond. Two signs were placed by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) designating U.S. 24, from U.S. 30 east of New Haven to the Indiana/Ohio State Line, as the Phyllis J. Pond Memorial Highway on Tuesday.
Pond was a longtime lawmaker who pushed for the U.S. 24 Fort to Port project. She passed away in September of 2013.
“Thanks to Rep. Pond’s efforts, today U.S. 24 has been transformed from a winding two-lane, rural highway to a new four-lane, limited access expressway that provides economic development opportunities from Fort Wayne to the Port of Toledo. The new roadway improves access and safety across northern Indiana and northern Ohio,” Governor Mike Pence, said.
Gov. Pence also presented Phyllis’s husband, George Pond, with the resolution.