Pineda rail overpass dedicated as the Major General John Cleland Memorial Bridge


Family and friends attended the dedication of the Major General John Cleland Memorial Bridg

Caleb Nyberg


Just like the late Army Maj. Gen. John Cleland’s lasting impact on the community after retiring from 37 of military service, Brevard County travel flow will be forever improved by the county-owned overpass over the Florida East Coast Railway at Pineda Causeway dedicated today (Sept. 26) in his honor.

The $24 million bridge funded by the Florida Department of Transportation remains under construction but became a backdrop to dedicate it as the Major General John Cleland Bridge.

The gathering included family and friends of Cleland, who lived in Viera. He died in 2017 at age 92. Some wore shirts from groups supported by Cleland including the Military Officers Association of America and others involving youth like the ROTC.

“He spent 37 years in the military serving his country and 37 years after retirement from the military serving his community, county, state and country through numerous civic and military organizations,“ said his son, Dr. Bruce Cleland, the final of four speakers that also included U.S. Rep. Bill Posey.

About 33,000 vehicles travel across the bridge daily. Keeping it flowing is critical during evacuations. The tracks now average 14 freight trains a day with plans for 10 more commuter trains daily.

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