Part of I-275 named after Cpl. Mike Roberts - FOX 13 News

Part of I-275 named after Cpl. Mike Roberts

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's been nearly three years since police Corporal Mike Roberts lost his life on the streets of Tampa.

On Thursday, police renamed part of I-275 after him, an honor for a man who gave his life in service. 

The stretch is between the Livingston Avenue Bridge and the intersection with I-75 up near the Pasco County line.

There will be a metal sign, six-feet high and three-feet wide, placed near the I-275 and I-75 connection. That's the area Roberts used to take on his way to and from work every day.

"That's the way Mike rode to work every morning," Roberts' wife, Cindy, said Thursday morning. "It meant a lot to him, coming home in the evenings when it was dark. It was very quiet and peaceful because it's a heavily wooded area, and he would always talk about the ride home and the things that he would see."

Humberto Delgado was convicted of killing Roberts and was sentenced to death in February.

Cindy said it's been a long process, and she's glad the sign will be unveiled in her husband's honor.

"We're doing a little better," Cindy Roberts said. "It hasn't brought closure, but at least it's brought a sense of peace and justice, knowing he won't ever be out in the public to hurt anyone else."

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