Columbia County commissioners will debate changing the name of a portion of Chamblin Road during a Tuesday meeting.
The extension of William Few Parkway south to Chamblin Road nearly is complete, and commissioners will consider renaming a portion of Chamblin Road to William Few Parkway.
If approved, William Few Parkway will extend from Columbia Road to Lewiston Road. The portion of International Parkway between Lewiston and Chamblin roads also would be renamed William Few Parkway.
The portion of Chamblin Road south of Interstate 20 will keep its name, but the section of the road between William Few Parkway and Columbia Road will change to High Meadows Drive.
Constance Grimaude recently argued against the name change during a county Development Services Committee meeting.
Grimaude said her mother named the road after Jennie Chamblin in 1949.
While William Few "left the county and did not look back," Grimaude said, while the Chamblins remained and prospered here.
To change the road's name would be a regrettable "loss of history," she said.
County officials want to change the name for the sake of continuity.
The William Few extension curves into Chamblin Road to create a continuous thoroughfare. And having the same road bearing multiple names can be confusing to emergency service providers, officials said.
William Few Parkway Project Manager Don Barrow said work on the extension should finish next month.
"We still have to do the tie-in on the north end and we're going to have to do some resurfacing on Columbia Road," Barrow said. "And we still have a little bit more build-up to do near Chamblin Road."
A portion of the road currently is usable, but it is still inaccessible from Chamblin and Columbia roads.
The county commission meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be held in the auditorium of the Columbia County Government Center at 630 Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans.
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