Governor Cooper attends late senator's highway dedication in Goldsboro

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WITN) - A stretch of highway in the east is being named after a state lawmaker who dedicated his life serving Eastern Carolina residents.

Governor Roy Cooper, along with several state and local dignitaries, unveiled the new highway sign Friday morning in Goldsboro in honor of Senator John Kerr III.

The Democratic senator was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1986, serving three terms.

He was then elected to the state Senate, where he served eight terms from 1992 until 2008.

The late senator died in Goldsboro in 2015.

Family and colleagues say he was an advocate for improving transportation, infrastructure and education in Eastern North Carolina.

"I appreciate people remember Dad in this way," says James Kerr III, Senator Kerr's son. "He loved Eastern Carolina, loved the people of Eastern Carolina, he thought they deserved the infrastructure to live the life they aspired to, and so, in a lot of ways this is a recognition of his lifetime of service."

Wayne County Commissioners requested that five miles of U.S. Highway 70 Goldsboro Bypass from the I-795 interchange to U.S. Highway 13 be named for Kerr.

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Governor Roy Cooper is headed east Friday to participate in the dedication of a highway to another state lawmaker.

The DOT is dedicating a 5 mile stretch of the US 70 Goldsboro Bypass after longtime state lawmaker, John H. Kerr III.

Governor Cooper is expected to make remarks at the dedication at 11a.m. Friday at the Wayne County Courthouse.

The stretch of road is part of the future I-42, that spans between I-795 and US 13.