Hercules is poised to ask the state to rename a section of Highway 4 in honor of former Councilman and Mayor Joe Eddy McDonald, who died June 9.
The longtime former postmaster of Hercules and Rodeo was elected to the council in November 2006 and served one four-year term; he was mayor from December 2008 to December 2009. He was a City Planning Commissioner from 2002 to 2006, the last 2½ years as chairman.
A North Richmond native, McDonald, his wife Mary Ann and their two daughters moved to Hercules in 1984.
Tragedy struck the family on Oct. 3, 1994, when Kimaree McDonald, 25, and her cousin Tiffane Spencer, 17, were killed in a crash on what was then a winding, notoriously dangerous two-lane stretch of Highway 4.
Joe Eddy and Mary Ann McDonald spearheaded a campaign to widen and divide the highway, collecting 10,000 signatures on a petition to state lawmakers, making presentations to local government agencies, and organizing a community walk to the Hercules City Council carrying wooden crosses wrapped in yellow ribbons that represented accident victims killed on the roadway since the 1970s.
The McDonalds' advocacy led to the $86 million Highway 4 West divided highway project, which added two lanes and straightened the highway. They received a Merit Award from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in 2002.
A draft resolution before the Hercules City Council on Tuesday would urge the state Legislature to rename the
The council will meet at 7 p.m. at Hercules City Hall, 111 Civic Drive.
Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760