Texas Department of Transportation replaced the 9th Avenue street sign on Main Street with a Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue street sign on Thursday, February 13.
Beginning around 9:30 a.m., TxDOT crews temporarily reduced traffic flow to one lane on Main Street to allow the changeover to be completed safety. A formal sign unveiling ceremony on the campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is set for Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Belton African-American Churches United, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB), and City of Belton will participate in the ceremony, which will take place at the corner of College and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Dr. Alveda Celeste King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., will be a guest speaker at the event.
The Belton City Council approved the street name change on Nov. 12 following a recommendation from City staff. Belton African-American United submitted multiple petitions over a period of 23 months requesting street name changes to honor Martin Luther King Jr. City policy requires at least 70 percent of responding property owners on a proposed route to agree to the change before the Council considers it.
In the case of the proposal to change W. 9th Ave. to Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., UMHB owned 16 properties along the route. The Belton City Council considered the request following a 19-3 vote of support from property owners along the route.