JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Hikers and bikers soon will be able to get to the Missouri Capitol in a safer fashion.

Elected officials are commemorating the completion Friday of a new Missouri River bridge reserved for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The $6.7 million bridge will connect the Katy Trail State Park on the north side of the river to the Statehouse on the south side. In the past, bicyclists and walkers had to share space with cars and trucks crossing over the river on U.S. highways 54 and 63.

The new bridge will be eight feet wide, with two lookout points that provide a view of the Capitol.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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