After several months of waiting, the community has a new entrance to a favorite exercise trail to celebrate.
Neighbors and business owners attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at SW 29th and Oakley to mark completion of a new access to the Shunga Trail. Southwest 29th had been reduced to two lanes in the area while the bridge was under construction.
City officials say the bridge will allow pedestrians to cross the street more safely. They say it's an important addition because trail systems are seen as an important quality of life attraction for communities.
"Communities with trails are vibrant, strong communities," said interim Parks and Rec Director Terry Bertels. "The stronger your trail system is the more appealing your community is to the people that we want to attract and retain to Topeka."