10 Street Connector name dedications

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) A prominent roadway in the east has a new name after a ceremony Monday morning.

The recently completed 10th Street Connector in Greenville will be known as the Leo Jenkins Highway, while the fly over bridge will be named for Doctor Andrew Best.

The highway connects the medical district and health sciences campus to Uptown Greenville and ECU's main campus.

Best was a prominent doctor and the first African-American to sit on the university's board of trustees.

Jenkins is a former Chancellor of ECU known for his efforts in growing the university and building the school of medicine.

Family members of both men were on hand at a naming ceremony and say the ambitious highway project reflects the character of their relatives.

Leo Jenkins son, Judge Jack Jenkins says, "I think in his mind he did see Greenville becoming the metropolis that it is now. The sprawling boom town of which we all are very proud."

William Best, Dr. Best's nephew says, "And now we got a landmark that says that the Alpha's and also Dr. Best are certainly significant in making things happen in Greenville, North Carolina."

The highway officially opened to traffic back in April.