WEST JEFFERSON —A two mile stretch of highway heading through downtown West Jefferson could be adopted in memory of Bob McCoy, a former Ashe County Commissioner and West Jefferson Alderman who passed away this past August.
According to Sharyn McCoy, Bob McCoy’s daughter, she is currently working on the application through North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Program in hopes of memorializing her father’s memory.
“The biggest reason why I wanted to do it for dad was because he always walked,” Sharyn McCoy said.
Sharyn McCoy said her father often walked alongside South Jefferson Avenue despite health problems and the street’s lack of sidewalks.
“I thought it would be really appropriate to adopt it in his name,” Sharyn McCoy said.
Bob McCoy served on the West Jefferson board of aldermen for more than a decade and as a county commissioner in the early 80s.
“He just loved West Jefferson,” Sharyn McCoy said. “He had a lot of foresight about West Jefferson.”
Sharyn McCoy said that the two mile stretch will begin on South Jefferson Avenue near McDonald’s and continue through downtown West Jefferson and end at SkyLine Membership Corporation on N.C. 194.
The Adopt-A-Highway Program was established in 1988 by the NCDOT in response to concerns regarding litter along the state’s highways. The program is administered by the NCDOT Office of Beautification with the purpose of improving the beauty and quality of the environment.
The adopted highway would require a roadside litter cleanup four times a year and Sharyn McCoy is currently looking for signatures from volunteers willing to help with those cleanups.
For more information on volunteering or to sign up, email Sharyn McCoy at email@example.com.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.