PRINCE GEORGE OCUNTY, VIRGINIA – Efforts to memorialize a Virginia State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty during the fall of last year continue to gain support and move through the General Assembly in Richmond.
Tuesday, the House Transportation Committee voted unanimously 18-0 in favor of a bill presented by newly-elected delegate Lashrecse Aird that would name the U.S. Route 301 bridge that spans Interstate 95 at Exit 45 in Prince George after Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith, who died in a crash in Prince George while en route to aid a fellow trooper in Dinwiddie County in September of 2015.
Earlier this month, the Prince George County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution in support of the bridge naming on a request from 16th District State Senator Rosalyn Dance.
Under the resolution, the Board agreed “to memorialize the life and sacrifice of Virginia State Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith,” requesting the Commonwealth Transportation Board to name the bridge in his honor.
The signs would be visible from both the north and southbound lanes.
Dance has also introduced a similar piece of legislation, SB107. The bill passed the Senate unopposed, 40-0, on its third reading Wednesday, according to the Virginia Legislative Information System.
Following Tuesday’s hearing, Trooper Smith’s wife, Jennifer, his sister, Ariel, and his children, “Deuce” and Zoe, took a few minutes to meet with state leaders Aird & Dance.
Below is the full text of Senate Bill No. 107.
SENATE BILL NO. 107
Offered January 13, 2016
Prefiled December 28, 2015
A BILL to designate the Route 301 bridge in Prince George County the “Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith Memorial Bridge.”
Patrons– Dance, Cosgrove and Ruff
Referred to Committee on Transportation
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. § 1. The Route 301 bridge in Prince George County at Exit 45 over Interstate 95 is hereby designated the “Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith Memorial Bridge.” The Department of Transportation shall place and maintain appropriate markers indicating the designation of this bridge. This designation shall not affect any other designation heretofore or hereafter applied to this bridge
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