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Bills would name bridges after fallen trooper

I-81 bridge-New River-webBy MELINDA WILLIAMS



If two bills before the Virginia House and Senate pass the General Assembly, bridges spanning the New River between Pulaski and Montgomery counties will be named in honor of a fallen Pulaski County trooper.

SB 753, sponsored by 40th District Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Galax) and HB 2183, sponsored by 7th District Delegate Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg), would jointly designate the bridges as the “Trooper Andrew Fox Memorial Bridge.”

Trooper Fox was struck and killed by a vehicle in October 2012 while working a special assignment directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair.

Monday night, Pulaski County Board of Supervisors endorsed the naming of the bridge and agreed to pay half of the cost to produce, place and maintain the signs designating the bridge’s name. Pulaski County’s half is estimated to be $500-$750.

According to County Administrator Pete Huber, Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis supports the project and believes the county’s portion of the cost can be raised through community and law enforcement organizations.

Huber said State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker also supports the effort.

According to the Virginia General Assembly website, both bills have been referred to the Committee on Transportation in their respective chamber. The Senate Committee is scheduled to take up SB 753 today.






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