The longest-serving member of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors will have a section of U.S. 101 named for him in honor of his service to the community.

Harold Del Ponte's family, Caltrans and State Sen. Mike McGuire will host a naming ceremony April 18.

The Harold Del Ponte Memorial Highway will begin at Del Norte's south county line and will stretch north for two miles, according to a press release from McGuire's office. It recognizes Del Ponte's more than 50 years of service to the community, which includes serving on the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Del Norte Planning Commission, two chambers of commerce and the Del Norte County Farm Bureau.

Del Ponte was a county supervisor from 1953 to 1973, representing Klamath during the 1955 and 1964 floods and the 1964 tsunami. He became the point man for recovery efforts in Klamath following the disaster and as owner of the Hunter Valley subdivision, allowed people to live there while they got back on their feet after the floods and tsunami.

Del Ponte was 96 years old when he died on Jan. 27, 2013.

The renaming ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. April 18 at the north exit of the Newton B. Drury Parkway off U.S. 101 near the Humboldt-Del Norte county line.

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