Georgia politicians have a long history of renaming roads in honor of politicians, alive and dead.
Most governors have, in the past, had parkways, highways, bridges and roads named after them. There's Savannah's Talmadge Memorial Bridge, named after Eugene Talmadge, who served as governor from 1933 to 1937 and again from 1941 to 1943. George Busbee, Joe Frank Harris and Zell Miller, three two-term governors who served from 1975 to 1999, all have parkways named after them.
State Sen. Joey Brush, a Republican from Columbia County, tried for years to get lawmakers to limit the naming of state roads, buildings and bridges after politicians. In 2002, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the state had spent at least $1.25 million over the previous three years dedicating 197 roads and bridges.
About 500 facilities were named after various public officials and famous Georgians before Brush finally succeeded in 2003 in getting legislation through the General Assembly prohibiting the naming of property owned by the state after elected officials unless they were dead or out of office for at least five years.
The bill was signed into law by Perdue, who had been out of office a little more than five years when SR 892 was approved.