More than a year after a N.C. Department of Transportation worker was killed during the construction of the U.S. 70 bypass of Goldsboro, the state will name a stretch of the road in his honor.
The NCDOT will dedicate the highway from Ebenezer Church Road to the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass Bridge over the Little River in Wayne County for Grey Bailey on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The dedication ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on the third floor of the Wayne County Courthouse at 224 E. Walnut St. in Goldsboro.
Bailey, an engineering technician, was working on the median of U.S. 70 near Capps Bridge Road on March 23, 2015, when he was hit and killed by a woman who was charged with driving while impaired. He was 35 and left behind a wife and their twin daughters.
In the months following his death, Johnston and Wayne county commissioners asked the department to reserve a section of the new highway for Bailey, who lived in Kenly and was a 14-year firefighter with the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department.
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But to be eligible, an honoree must be living or have been dead for a year or more so Johnston and Wayne county officials had to wait until after that year had passed for the state to be able to take action.