DANVILLE (CBS SF) – Danville officially has a new pedestrian bridge that pedestrians and cyclists can use to and from Danville Town Green and the Riverwalk Community.

The $ 900,000 project has been in the works for three years, but the city council began its opening Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

According to a press release from city officials, community members now have access to downtown recreational activities without having to pass three busy intersections. The route also cuts walking and cycling distances by half a mile through downtown.

Danville footbridge

The new pedestrian bridge in Danville connects Danville Town Green to the Riverwalk community. (Courtesy Nicola Shihab)

The bridge is part of the city’s promotion of healthy recreation in the Strategic Plan for Parks, Recreation and Art. The plan aims to improve active transportation such as cycling and walking in the community through trail systems.

Danville has several other projects in the works, including improvements to the La Gonda Way Bridge and Iron Horse Trail Crossing, a paved Diablo Road Trail, and a city-wide bike master plan.

The new structure complies with the Disabled Americans Act and provides better mobility access for places like San Ramon Creek, the library, the community center, and the Village Theater and Art Gallery.

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