An old road is getting a new name in Bonney Lake.
The City Council on Tuesday voted 4-2 to rename a stretch of Sumner-Buckley Highway East – sometimes called Old Buckley Highway, among other variations – as a way to honor veterans.
The roughly three-quarter-mile section of the road within city limits will be called Veterans Memorial Drive East.
The change won’t be reflected on street signs until at least spring.
“(Military service members) have been sacrificing for a number of years. They’ve been involved in battle for 10 years. The 9-11 anniversary just passed. I feel it’s very appropriate to make this name change in honor of that,” said Councilman Mark Hamilton, who recently revived the street name idea.
It grew out of work by a local committee that’s trying to build a veterans memorial in the city of 17,300 people. City officials said the name change could help build momentum.
The road’s existing name also no longer is relevant, they said. At one time, the road ran between the cities of Sumner and Buckley. But it mostly has been replaced by state Route 410, officials said.
Today, it stretches west from Buckley into Bonney Lake, where it ends at SR 410.
Some residents have said the city would lose a piece of history if the existing name goes. And owners of some of the roughly 20 business on the stretch of street have cited the expense of changing addresses, letterhead and advertising.
Councilwoman Laurie Carter said they are the reason she voted against the name change. The council’s vote was 4-2.
“I support veterans and think it’s right to honor them. But times are tight; profits aren’t what they used to be. To add extra expenses onto businesses – I don’t feel it’s the right time for that,” she said.
The other no vote came from Councilman Dan Decker.
Councilman James Rackley was absent.
The new name won’t go on street signs before May, according to the ordinance. It also authorizes the mayor to add signs at selected intersections recognizing the road’s historic name.