The Adawe Crossing opened on Friday between Somerset and Donald streets. It is a safer, more direct pedestrian link between Overbrook and Sandy Hill.
Adàwe is an Algonquin word for trade, one that symbolizes the the river's historic importance.
The new $9.2 million bridge connects pedestrians and cyclists looking for a quicker route between Ottawa's Vanier and Overbrook neighbourhoods and Sandy Hill, the University of Ottawa, and the downtown core.
According to Metro Ottawa, more than 100 people strolled across footbridge on Friday for early ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Overbrook Community Association welcomes the addition of the bridge to the community. The Association participated in the City's commemorative naming process for the crossing.
I told CBC News Ottawa: "We're absolutely ecstatic." Without a crossing, people would either wade through the shallow waters or head north to the much busier Cummings Bridge, said King. "This is wonderful because it's just singularly for pedestrians and cyclists."
I told Metro Ottawa: “It’s been a long time in the making. Everybody was putting pressure ... to open up early because it’s a wonderful, direct link."