Remember the Willie Brown Bridge? Imagine if—instead of that—something was named after a universally beloved entertainer? Well, you're in luck: The move to rename the Waldo Tunnel on Highway 101 in the North Bay after Robin Williams took a big step forward today, when Assemblymember Marc Levine said that he would be taking up a bill in December to make the change official.
After Williams' suicide, a petition to have the rainbow-painted tunnel renamed after the comedian, who grew up in Larkspur and lived in Tiburon, garnered 55,000 signatures on change.org. Levine said that he wanted to check in with family before proceeding, but representatives have given the okay, and Levine said that he will start the official process when the Legislature re-convenes in December.
To rename the tunnel—which is currently named after a failed Whig party candidate for Governor in 1853 (why?)—would require a vote in both the Assembly and Senate. After that, it would take around $6,000 in private funds.
A tribute to Williams in World of Warcraft was installed in September.