Charlotte - The N.C. Department of Transportation, together with the City of Concord, dedicated the bridge on Cabarrus Avenue West today in honor of a longtime educator, leader and public servant.
The bridge on Cabarrus Avenue West that carries traffic over the railroad is now know as the Allen T. Small Bridge. Mr. Small, who passed away in 2006, was a pillar in the Concord community, and the bridge named in his honor leads to the part of the city in which he lived and worked.
City of Concord staff, elected leaders and the NCDOT joined together for a ceremony today to officially name the bridge for Mr. Small and to celebrate this life and accomplishments.
"The City of Concord is pleased to be a part of this tribute to Allen, who was a public servant of highest order," said Concord Mayor Scott Padgett. "He served as a teacher and principal not far from where we are standing; he truly cared about young people and pushed them to succeed far beyond what they believed they could do. As a council member, he was very interested in economic development and creating jobs for those thousands of young people he cared for as students."
The North Carolina Board of Transportation approved a resolution to name the bridge in Mr. Small's honor at its August 2015 meeting. The Concord City Council and Mayor Padgett also supported naming the bridge for Mr. Small.
"This honor is particularly meaningful because this bridge serves as an entrance to the community where Mr. Small lived and worked," said Tracy Dodson, who represents NCDOT's Division 10 on the state's Board of Transportation. "The bridge is a gateway to historic downtown Concord, which Mr. Small often referred to as the 'heart of the community' and the 'core of the apple.'"
Mr. Small's wife and current city council member, Ella Mae Small, also spoke at the dedication ceremony.
"Thank you to the North Carolina Board of Transportation for this meaningful tribute to my husband, and to Mayor Padgett and my colleagues on City Council for making the request to honor his service to the community in this way," Council Member Small said. "The Allen T. Small Bridge will endure as a fitting memorial to a family man and educator who spent his life serving God, his country, Cabarrus County, and the City of Concord."
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