Originally created 01/25/02

New pedestrian overpass in Daytona to honor Dale Earnhardt



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A new pedestrian overpass outside Daytona International Speedway has been named in honor of Dale Earnhardt, who died at the track last year.

City commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday naming the overpass The Dale Earnhardt Memorial Bridge.

Mayor Bud Asher said speedway officials have agreed to pay the cost of putting plaques honoring Earnhardt at both ends of the bridge.

Earnhardt, a seven-time Winston Cup champion, was killed in a crash on the last lap of last year's Daytona 500.

Construction of the $4.2 million overpass, which spans International Speedway Boulevard, should be finished by Friday.