Today, state Sen. Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) announced that the Ohio Senate passed a bill to rename the north and southbound lanes of Route 7 between routes 82 and 305 in Trumbull County the “James A. Fredericka Memorial Highway” in honor of the late Ohio state trooper.
“I am glad that we will soon honor the life and memory of former Ohio State Trooper Fredericka with a dedicated highway,” said O’Brien. “Patrolman Fredericka was a native son of Trumbull County who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his fellow Ohioans, and it is fitting that we should memorialize his contributions to our area by renaming the very highway where his end of watch occurred.”
Patrolman Fredericka, stationed in Warren, was responding to a traffic crash on State Route 7 in Trumbull County on April 30, 1953 when he was involved in a traffic crash. He succumbed to his injuries eight days later.
The road renaming is included in HB 276, which was originally introduced by Rep. Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) to rename a highway in northwest Ohio. The bill was amended in the Senate Transportation committee to include other road-naming amendments from throughout the state, including O’Brien’s.
HB 276 will now head to the governor’s desk for his anticipated signature. Signs designating the highway name change are expected to be erected by the Ohio Department of Transportation in the coming weeks.
Additional information about HB 276 can be found here