Caltrans unveiled this morning near Martinez a sign denoting Interstate 680 between the Benicia Bridge and the Highway 24 interchange the “Senator Daniel E. Boatwright Highway.”
The former Concord mayor and retired state senator led the quest for state money to expand Interstate 680 and build the Highway 24 interchange, construction that dramatically improved the commute through the heart of Contra Costa County about 15 years ago.
I also captured some of the event on video, including portions of short ceremony on the shoulder of Interstate 680 near Martinez. At the luncheon in Concord, I recorded comments by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, author of the naming bill, and those of the funny and charismatic 80-year-old Boatwright.
About two dozen people attended the dedication, including four former Concord mayors — Michael Pastrick, Bill McManigal, DeSaulnier and Steve Weir, the county’s election chief and a former Boatwright staffer.
In the first two videos, Boatwright is flanked by DeSaulnier, former congressman and state legislator Bill Baker and Caltrans Director Bijan Sartipi. The third video features DeSaulnier’s comments, followed by Boatwright’s comments in the fourth and final segment.