New Plymouth's twin Te Henui Walkway bridges were officially opened to the public yesterday morning.
Mayor Harry Duynhoven cut the ribbon and the bridges were blessed by Ngati Te Whiti kaumatua Rangikotuku Rukuwai.
Nearby residents of Spencer Place were then invited to walk across first.
Mr Duynhoven thanked Whitaker Civil Engineering and New Plymouth District Council staff for their work on the two new bridges.
"This was a big project with a lot to it and the end result is beautiful; I think they've made a spectacular job of it."
He also thanked nearby Spencer Place residents who had kept an eye on the area and taken an interest in the project.
Mr Duynhoven said the bridges enhanced the walkway and cycleway network around the district and enabled those with mobility impairments to enjoy the area.
Friends of the Te Henui Walkway member David Clarkson said the additions to the walkway would provide more freedom for users.
"They'll be great for crews on mobility scooters," he said.
The bridges allow an easier alternate route in order to circumvent narrow steps, he said.
"There's a hardcore crew that bike through every day, which is what it was really aimed at.
"When you get to work you've still got to change and you don't want to be too muddy."
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