WHEREAS, the late William J. Winchester of Wilmington was the first Black elected to the General Assembly of Delaware; and
WHEREAS, William J. Winchester, who served the First Representative District of Wilmington in the ll5th and ll6th General Assemblies after first being elected in 1948, was an outstanding citizen of that part of Wilmington known as Across the Third Street Bridge; and
WHEREAS, the State Department of Transportation will soon finish construction of a new bridge, to replace the old Third Street Bridge, across the Christina River; and
WHEREAS, completion and dedication of the new bridge offer the opportunity to honor a Black citizen who was a leading advocate of civil rights.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Chapter 5, Title 17, Delaware Code, by adding the following new section:
"§519. Representative William J. Winchester Bridge
The Department of Transportation Is hereby directed to name the bridge which crosses the Christina River at Third Street in the City of Wilmington the 'William J. Winchester Bridges."
Section 2. The effective date of this Act shall be the day the Department declares the new bridge complete and formally open for traffic.