Pineda Causeway overpass to be dedicated to military hero

Construction continues on an overpass of the Pineda Causeway that will be dedicated in honor of the late Maj. Gen. John Cleland.

A new overpass of the Pineda Causeway, located just west of U.S. 1 over railroad tracks near Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, will be dedicated in honor of the late Maj. Gen. John Cleland at a ceremony on Sept. 26.

What is called the Pineda Overpass project is tentatively scheduled to open in November. However, at the family’s request, there will be a dedication ceremony on September 26, Brevard County Government communications director Don Walker wrote in an email.

A plaque at the overpass that will be known as the Major General John Cleland Bridge will reference his 37 years of service in the U.S. Army. It also will note his contributions to Brevard County and to the state by serving in leadership positions in Brevard and the state in many veterans and civic organizations following his retirement from service in 1980. 

Cleland was born on July 5, 1925 in Washington D.C. and died Oct. 25, 2017.

As part of the plaque, Cleland’s incredible sacrifices and accomplishments will be listed, including his service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge in each. 

Cleland also was inducted into the U.S. Army Infantry Hall of Fame and the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame. 

A sign also will indicate to drivers and pedestrians that the bridge is dedicated to Cleland.