Portions of I-40 to be named in honor of UNC’s legendary coaches Dean Smith, Roy Williams

Published 11:28 pm Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL — Two stretches of Interstate 40 will bear the names of two legendary men’s basketball coaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The N.C. Department of Transportation approved a request on Wednesday to name portions of I-40 in Chapel Hill for coaches Dean Smith and Roy Williams, according to a news release from the school’s athletic department.

NCDOT will place honorary signs designating stretches of I-40 from exits 266-N.C. Highway 86 to exit 270- U.S. Highways 15-501 as the Roy Williams Highway. The Dean Smith Highway stretches between exits 270 and 273 and includes U.S. Highways 15-501 and N.C. Highway 54, both of which lead to the Dean Smith Center, home court for the men’s team.

The Chapel Hill Town Council approved a resolution to support the request on Nov. 17.

Between them, Smith and Williams coached the Tar Heels for 67 seasons, including their time as assistant coaches. Both are members of the Naismith, College Basketball and North Carolina Sports halls of fame. They led the Tar Heel men’s teams to five NCAA championships, 16 Final Fours, 16 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles, 26 regular-season ACC championships and 1,364 victories.