TPB News

Alexandria honored Ron Kirby with a memorial plaque and ceremony

May 18, 2016

Kirby played a key role in bringing officials and the public together to make the 2008 replacement of the Woodrow Wilson bridge a reality. (chrissconnell on Flickr)
Kirby played a key role in bringing officials and the public together to make the 2008 replacement of the Woodrow Wilson bridge a reality. (chrissconnell on Flickr)

The City of Alexandria honored Ron Kirby, the TPB’s former long-time staff director, at a memorial ceremony held on Sunday, May 15. At the gathering, city officials unveiled a plaque honoring Ron’s contributions to the region as head of transportation planning at the TPB and COG from 1987 until his unexpected death in 2013.

The city placed the plaque at the Virginia end of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the 2008 replacement of which took decades of planning and community engagement. Ron played a key role in bringing state and local officials and members of the public together to chart a path forward for the bridge’s replacement. In part, he helped make sure that the new span included space for bicyclists and pedestrians as well as a future transit connection across the Potomac between Alexandria and Prince George’s County in Maryland. Text of plaque honoring Ron Kirby:

 In Memory of Ronald F. Kirby Born: 1944 Adelaide Australia Died: 2013 Alexandria Virginia  A consummate public servant, role model, and leader whose tireless work for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, including planning for the new multimodal Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the promotion of walkable, bikeable communities is exemplified in this public space. This memorial is placed in gratitude by the citizens of the City of Alexandria and all who loved him.

The city recognized some other of Ron’s accomplishments in the printed program distributed at the May 15 dedicated ceremony:


Several local officials attended the dedication ceremony, including City Councilman Tim Lovain, who is also serving this year as TPB Chairman. Lovain is pictured below with the TPB’s current staff director, Kanti Srikanth.

RELATED: Council of Governments to dedicate “Ronald F. Kirby Training Center”  

Ron Ceremony 4
TPB Staff Director Kanti Srikanth and TPB Chairman Tim Lovain attend the dedication ceremony on May 15.


History TPB
Back to news

Related News

  • Arlington_County_from_the_air_by_Arlington_County_on_Flickr-600

    TPB accepts Long-Range Plan Task Force recommendations for further analysis

    July 25, 2017

    After a lengthy discussion at its July 19 meeting, the TPB accepted for further study the recommendations of its Long-Range Plan Task Force, a group set up in...

  • News

    TPB approves set of 10 regional transportation initiatives for further study

    July 19, 2017

    At its monthly meeting, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) approved a...

  • Tysons_Corner_station_BeyondDC_Flickr_-_600

    Crossing the finish line: The Long-Range Plan Task Force completes its work

    July 12, 2017

    With a short timeline and after only six meetings, the TPB’s Long-Range Plan Task Force has completed its work of narrowing down a long list of potential...