US HIghway 31 named in memory of late state legislator

LAKEVILLE — A former State Representative’s memory was recognized at the ribbon cutting for the new US 31 highway that stretches from the 20 bypass in South Bend and goes to US 30 near Plymouth.

The new piece of highway is estimated to save Hoosiers 30 minutes driving time when US 31 is fully completed in 2015.
Among the VIPS were Governor Mike Pence and U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski, as well as the late Representative’s widow and other sons and daughters. The lawmaker’s name now graces a portion of US 31 as the Richard W. Mangus Memorial Highway,

“On behalf of the Mangus family, we want to thank you for having a portion of US 31 named after Richard Mangus. US 31 had a huge impact on the family,” Ron Mangus stated.

Mangus travelled an estimated 900 trips from his home to the statehouse, covering 225,000 miles and 5,000 hours in his car. Ron stated this father would have saved about 900 hours on the road had he lived to utilize the new highway.

Commencing the ceremony, Pence signed into executive order stating that the dedicated portion was now named the Richard W. Mangus Memorial Highway.

Additional photos available in today's Pilot News.