Stretch of highway named for DOT worker killed on job

December 6, 2016

The North Carolina Department of Transportation on Tuesday honored one of its own killed in the line of duty. A stretch of U.S. Highway 70 from Ebenezer Church Road to the U.S. 70/Goldsboro Bypass Bridge over the Little River in Wayne County was designated the Grey Bailey Highway.

Bailey, 35, of Kenly, was an engineering technician for DOT for five years before he was hit and killed in March 2015 while working on the Goldsboro Bypass. The father of twin girls, he also volunteered with the Bethany and Micro fire departments.

Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson, Board of Transportation Member Gus Tulloss and Division Engineer Tim Little were present Tuesday for the presentation at the Wayne County Courthouse of the Grey Bailey Highway sign to Bailey’s family.

Tahisha M. Dukette, 29, the driver who hit Bailey, pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle in September and was sentenced to 64 months in prison.