They may not have parted the North Saskatchewan River, but southwest Edmontonians can now access both sides of the river valley.

The new Fort Edmonton Footbridge and Trails project opened for public use yesterday. “It is pretty exciting. It is going to provide residents access to the great river valley park systems we got,” said Gabriele Barry.

The footbridge is Edmonton’s first suspension bridge and the first footbridge to be built in 25 years.

Along with the bridge, 2.5 kilometres of access trails and stairs and a secondary bridge crossing at Wolf Willow ravine were completed.

“We’ll be having an official opening in 2011, but the bridge can be used now and residents are welcome to cross it,” said Allan Bartman, project manager with the city.

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