A portion of M-24 could be renamed William Davidson Memorial Highway

Charles Crumm of The Oakland Press:

The William Davidson Memorial Highway?

That’s what M-24 could be renamed if the state Senate completes work Tuesday on legislation to rename a portion of the state highway in honor of the former owner of the Detroit Pistons and The Palace of Auburn Hills.

It’s expected to pass.

The legislation introduced by state Rep. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, is on the Senate’s calendar for a third and final reading Tuesday. It already passed the House without dissent in February.

Assuming the Senate passes it, the governor would have 14 days to sign it.

The stretch of M-24 within the Auburn Hills city limits is between Walton Boulevard on the south end and Dutton Road on the north end.

Knollenberg said there will be no cost to taxpayers for the signs renaming that stretch of the highway.

"The cost associated is borne by the family," he said.

This is a great tribute to Davidson, who died in 2009. He built The Palace on his own dime, and that transformed Auburn Hills. With no cost to taxpayers, hopefully, the senate and governor will turn this bill into law.

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