New 11th Street Bridge to Be Named After Fallen Police Officer

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Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

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WASHINGTON — Officials in Washington are naming the new 11th Street local bridge over the Anacostia River after a fallen police officer.

Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier are taking part in Saturday’s dedication ceremony.

The bridge will be named for Metropolitan Police Officer Kevin J. Welsh, who drowned in 1986 after jumping off the bridge to help a citizen. An old bridge span that was replaced as part of the bridge project was also named for Welsh.

The new four-lane local bridge, which has a bicycle and pedestrian path and two pedestrian overlooks, will be closed to traffic Saturday from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the ceremony and a community celebration. The local bridge is part of a larger 11th Street bridge project.

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