10th Street Connector & Bridge named after two Greenville pioneers

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) The 10th Street Connector and Bridge that officially opened after years of construction are getting new names.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation officially adopted the resolution to name the 10th Street Connector as the Dr. Leo W. Jenkins Highway and the Dr. Andrew A. Best Bridge at their August meeting.

Mayor P.J. Connelly says, "These two men were instrumental in the development of our city and their names will forever be honored with this beautiful connector that is symbolic of their leadership."

Jenkins was a faculty member at the East Carolina Teachers College and eventually became president at ECU. He is credited with advancing the college to a university and expanding the academic, medical and athletic facilities in his tenure.

Dr. Andrew Best was the first African-American physician in Greenville and the first African-American member of the ECU Board of Trustees.

The newly named Dr. Leo Jenkins Highway began as a way to create a better flow of traffic between the medical district and the center of Greenville.

An official ceremony will be planned in the future for the dedication of the newly named connector.