LITTLE ROCK U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined scores of local officials and bicyclists Friday at a dedication ceremony for the $5.3 million Two Rivers Park bridge.
The pedestrian and bicycle span, which runs across the Little Maumelle River west of the Interstate 430 bridge, connects River Mountain Park and Two Rivers Park.
Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines said the bridge helps complete former Little Rock parks and recreation Julius Breckling's vision to create a chain of parks along the river between downtown Little Rock and Pinnacle Mountain.
"This trail of parks is witness to the fact that when people work together, dreams come true," Villines said.
The bridge was scheduled to stay open for just two hours after the dedication ceremony so the crowd of more than 250 could get a chance to traverse the span. It will open for good on July 23.
LaHood said he and his wife are cycling enthusiasts who usually ride once a weekend in the Little Rock area. He rode across the bridge Friday in a golf cart with Villines and other local officials.
"Thank you for what you're doing," LaHood told the crowd. "(You are) providing people an opportunity to exercise, to experience the great outdoors, to experience this great part of the country. This is a great project led by so many leaders."