City looks to honor worker killed in construction zone

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Jack Luper, a longtime city employee, died in September 2011 after being struck by a vehicle in a work zone on Joyce Boulevard.

A Fayetteville city transportation worker who died after being struck by a vehicle on Joyce Boulevard last year could be memorialized with an honorary street designation.

Jack Luper was injured when a car crashed into a work zone on Joyce Boulevard around 7:30 a.m. Sept. 21, 2011.

Luper died the following afternoon. He was 57 years old.

City officials are proposing a portion of Joyce Boulevard from College Avenue to Crossover Road, the stretch where Luper was hit, to be designated, “Honorary Jack Luper Boulevard” in recognition of Luper’s 32 years of dedicated service to the city.

Transportation staff stressed Tuesday that the designation would not be a renaming nor would it require any changes for businesses on the stretch of road.

“It’s an honorary designation only,” said Terry Gulley, the city’s transportation director. “There will be no impact on addresses along Joyce Boulevard.”

The designation, if approved by the City Council on Feb. 21, would lead to the installation of two signs along Joyce Boulevard marking the honorary title.

Luper began his career with the city in 1979 with the Solid Waste Division before transferring to the Transportation Department a year later. He was promoted to crew leader of the asphalt overlay program where he served until his death in 2011.

Luper’s transportation crew was preparing to repair a crack in the road in front of the Butterfield Trail Village retirement community when the collision occurred.

Map of the proposed area