You’ve probably seen them as you drive on I-5 near Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. Supporters of our nation’s armed servicemen and women routinely gather along the Berkeley Street overpass, tying yellow ribbons along the railings, holding American flags and waving to fellow supporters as they cruise beneath.
For several years, Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, and Rep. Gigi Talcott, R-Tacoma, have been pushing to rename the overpass at exit 122, “Freedom Bridge.” By law the authority to rename the overpass rests with the Transportation Commission, and although both legislators have sent letters to the Commission, more citizen input is needed.
“The overpass not only serves as a bridge over our state’s most traveled arterial,” said Carrell, “it has also become a symbolic platform from which citizens can patriotically exclaim their respect for the men and women serving in our military as well as show their love for our country & and have these feelings reciprocated by those passing below.”
Carrell and Talcott have organized a meeting where citizens can gather to support the name change, and also satisfy the Commission’s policy that requires evidence of community support before renaming state facilities. The meeting will be held at the Washington National Guard Headquarters Building 33, Camp Murray, in Tacoma, on Saturday, Mar. 11 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Freedom Bridge Support Meeting
Washington National Guard Headquarters
Building 33, Camp Murray
Tacoma, WA 98430-5000
Saturday, Mar. 11 – 10 to 11 a.m.
For more information on the event supporting the Freedom Bridge, call (360) 786-7654. If you would like to write letters of Freedom Bridge support to the Commission, please send them to: Washington State Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47308, Olympia, WA 98504-7308.