RICHMOND -- A large crowd gathered Friday morning for the official groundbreaking of a new $30 million-plus underpass project named for a Richmond Police officer killed in the line of duty.

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 road, a key artery linking the city to the Marina Bay community, including the police headquarters, will be closed beginning Sept. 3 for at least 18 months, according to city officials.

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.

Susan Moody holds her daughter, Madison, 3, at Officer Bradley Moody’s casket during a memorial service at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord,
Susan Moody holds her daughter, Madison, 3, at Officer Bradley Moody's casket during a memorial service at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2008. The Richmond police officer was killed in the line of duty in Richmond. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff File)

More than 150 people attended under gray skies. Moody's brother, Richmond police officer James Moody, moved the crowd to tears with a story of how his brother, at age 5, told his mother he wanted to be a police officer, later achieved his dream with the Richmond department, and ultimately died en route to an emergency call.

Among those in attendance Friday was a man who received a lifesaving lung transplant from the fallen officer.

"On Brad's last day, he saved lives," James Moody said.

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