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New 11th street bridge to be named after officer

Saturday - 9/7/2013, 5:40pm  ET

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The 11th Street Bridge Project in August 2013. The bridge spans have been completed. The old freeway bridge abutments have been dismantled. In the foreground, 11th Street SE is paved. New observation platforms are open on the neighborhood bridge. Seen in the distance, the ramps to and from I-295, Kenilworth Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE have all been finished. The bottom photo shows the bridge from the Navy Yard looking down at the 11th Street Bridge Project one year ago. The photo was taken in late June 2012 and shows the old spans of the bridge on either side of the newer bridge, then newly opened to traffic. The picture also shows the new neighborhood bridge partially complete. The old freeway ramp in the foreground still stands. It has since been demolished. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

D.C. has its own bridge

Ari Ashe, WTOP

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