Gary, Ind., Mayor Rudy Clay, left, listens as Celita Green speaks during a Distressed Unit Appeals Board hearing in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.
Fifth Avenue in Gary, Ind. may soon be renamed to honor late Mayor Rudy Clay.
A proposal urging the state's Department of Transportation to rename the main thoroughfare, which is also the northwest Indiana city's portion of U.S. Route 20, was moved out of a Senate committee on Tuesday.
The bill still must clear some procedural hurdles but is expected to be approved by the General Assembly
Clay was appointed mayor in 2006 after the resignation of Scott King, and Clay was elected to a full term the following year. He abandoned his bid for a second-term after learning he had prostate cancer. He died June 4, 2013 at age 77.
Democratic State Sen. Earline Rogers of Gary is the proposal's sponsor. She said Clay loved serving the people of Gary.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.