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Overpass named after Bakersfield Sound pioneer, Merle Haggard

Posted at 10:59 PM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 01:59:24-04

A freeway overpass in northern California has been named after a pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound. 

The new Merle Haggard Memorial Overpass is in Redding, Calif. on the Interstate 5 overpass at Highway 44.

A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday in Redding where members of Haggard's family were invited to attend the unveiling of the signs. The signs were privately funded.

Known as a pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound, Haggard lived near Redding in Palo Cerdo for several years before he died on his birthday last April.

Haggard has a street and post office named after him in Bakersfield.