RICHMOND -- City officials and contractors will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a $30 million underpass project named after a local police officer who died in an on-duty car wreck near the site.

The Officer Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass project is a roadway undercrossing beneath railroad tracks that cross Marina Bay Parkway between Regatta Boulevard and Meeker Avenue in Richmond.

Work began on the project last month. The official groundbreaking is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 23 at the southeast corner of Marina Bay Parkway and Pierson Avenue. The road, a key artery linking the city to the Marina Bay community, including the police headquarters, will be closed in early September and could remain so for two years, according to city officials.

The underpass is seen as a crucial infrastructure upgrade in one of the city's newer communities because the two main roads accessing the area, Marina Bay Parkway and Marina Way South, are crossed by heavily used railroad tracks, often ridden by long, slow-moving cargo trains.

Funding for the project is provided by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the Successor Agency to the Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency.

The project is named for Richmond patrol officer Bradley Moody, who died on a rainy day in 2008 when he lost control of his police cruiser.

Contact Robert Rogers at 510-262-2726 or rrogers@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/roberthrogers.



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