Duke asks Durham City Council to rename portion of NC 751 to ‘Coach K Highway’

In a resolution to Durham City Council, Duke University has asked that a portion of N.C. Highway 751 be renamed in honor of Mike Krzyzewski, former head men’s basketball coach.

The three-mile portion that the University would like to rename is between Duke University Road and Kerley Road. The stretch is currently named Cameron Boulevard, and it passes near Cameron Indoor Stadium and the Duke Forest. 

The resolution was presented at the Dec. 8 work session and the City Council will vote on it at its Dec. 19 meeting. 

If unanimous, the resolution will begin an application to the state Department of Transportation. The NCDOT board will have the final say over the renaming. 

However, if the City Council does not unanimously pass the resolution, the NCDOT will not consider the honorary designation application.

If the NCDOT approves, a one-time fee of $2,000 for the construction and installation of the highway signage is required, which the University has agreed to pay, according to the Dec. 19 meeting agenda memo.

Last year, two stretches of Interstate 40 were renamed for Roy Williams and Dean Smith, both of whom are former basketball coaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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