SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) The River Greenway pedestrian bridge in downtown Sioux Falls opened this morning. The bridge has received some extensive improvements over the past several weeks. Representatives from Lloyd Companies, Hegg Companies, Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF), and Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation celebrated the opening of the pedestrian bridge linking the River Greenway trail to the downtown district. A new ramp will be added to the west side of the bridge in the coming weeks to bring the project to completion.
The City of Sioux Falls invested just more than $83,000, DTSF donated accent lighting, and Lumber Exchange Building and Hilton Garden Inn contributed $20,000 toward the renovation of the bridge.
Don Kearney, Director of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation, stated, “We are thrilled that visitors from the Hilton Garden Inn and other east bank employees and customers will have yet another east/west access into the downtown district. The refurbished bridge also will encourage more use of the River Greenway.”
Jason Dennison, president of DTSF, said, “This is a significant project for downtown. This bridge supports our vision of a pedestrian-friendly and walkable urban environment. It is the connecting element between downtown and the River Greenway. It is a cause of celebration for our community, and we invite all residents to share in the unique experience that only our downtown can provide. We wish to thank all those who have worked to complete this project; we are grateful for their efforts.”
The abandoned railroad bridge was built in the early 1900s and was part of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railroad. It is approximately 215 feet long. The bridge connected the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railroad to the Rock Island Depot, which is currently the Great Outdoor Store in downtown Sioux Falls.