A five-mile stretch of Interstate 44 often traveled by the Carnahan family has been named the Mel Carnahan Memorial Highway in honor of the late Governor. Carnahan’s widow, Jean – a former U.S. Senator – says she remembers many trips in the family station wagon loaded with four kids and a dog along that road. She says building roads were the Governor’s second priority, right behind building schools. It’s been almost six years since Governor Carnahan was killed in a plane crash while campaigning for the United States Senate.