CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Division of Highways installed a new sign renaming Slab Fork Road in Raleigh County in honor of Raleigh County native Bill Withers on Thursday, May 20.
House Resolution 20, passed by the West Virginia Legislature in April, was officially renamed Slab Fork Road from Lester Highway to Coalfields Expressway to Bill Withers Memorial Road.
“As Governor Justice always says, we all need to pull the rope together,” said Deputy Secretary of Transportation Jimmy Wriston. “Our people take great pride in putting up the signs when we have a street name. That was especially true of this song because the Bill Withers songs resonate with our workers. The uplifting messages in some of his songs have really helped us get through the last year we had. “
Wriston commended the Highways crews for maintaining the WVDOH’s high productivity standards throughout the pandemic as they continued their work of maintaining the roads of West Virginia and improving the state’s infrastructure at the record pace of the past three years.
“A song like ‘Lean on Me’ really illustrates that,” said Wriston. “This is West Virginia and we are pulling together; That’s exactly what we do. “
Withers, who passed away on March 30, 2020, is best known for writing and recording the hits “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Lovely Day” and “Lean on Me”. In 2015 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.