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State to name bridge for former transportation board member Gus Tulloss

Posted on May 7, 2021

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ROCKY MOUNT — A recently rebuilt bridge will be named for long-serving N.C. Board of Transportation member Gus Tulloss.

The transportation board approved separate resolutions honoring Tulloss and Goldsboro Mayor Chuck Allen during its Thursday meeting, the state Department of Transportation said in a news release.

Tulloss represented Highway Division 4, which includes Halifax, Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, Johnston and Wayne counties, for 12 years before retiring from the board in August 2020. He serves as president and CEO of Rocky Mount-based Gus H. Tulloss Insurance.

The Sunset Avenue bridge over Wesleyan Boulevard, which is also the U.S. 301 bypass, will bear Tulloss’ name. Crews rebuilt the span as part of a widening project a few years ago.

Tulloss, who attended the Thursday board meeting in Raleigh, said he’s grateful for the designation.

“I’m thrilled and humbled by this honor,” Tulloss said in the release. “And Mayor Allen has long been an important advocate for better transportation throughout Wayne County. He is very deserving of this honor.”

Allen’s name will grace the U.S. 70 bypass between North Berkeley Boulevard/U.S. 13 and North Beston Road in Goldsboro.

Officials said local government and community leaders recommended both men for the highway dedications, with the Rocky Mount City Council and Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce requesting the honor on Tulloss’ behalf and the Goldsboro City Council and Wayne County Board of Commissioners backing Allen’s road naming.

Each location will be marked with green highway signs. The N.C. Department of Transportation said dedication ceremonies will be scheduled after the signs are manufactured.

After Tulloss stepped down last summer, another Rocky Mount insurance agency owner was selected as his replacement. Melvin Mitchell, president of the Melvin M. Mitchell Agency, currently represents Division 4 on the Board of Transportation.

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