Oakley community hopes new pedestrian bridge will be 'gateway' to the neighborhood

Posted at 6:45 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 18:45:52-05

CINCINNATI — Part of a plan nearly 40 years in the making, city and neighborhood leaders cut the ribbon Friday morning on a new pedestrian bridge spanning busy Madison Road in Oakley.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, officials with the departments of transportation and economic development and members of the Oakley Community Council cut the ribbon Friday morning.

City of Cincinnati and neighborhood officials cut the ribbon on a new pedestrian bridge crossing over Madison Road in Oakley, Dec. 18, 2020.

"Not only is this bridge an asset for the pedestrians in our neighborhood; it is also a gateway that will serve as a constant reminder for our friends across the city that Oakley is a welcoming and connected community," said Oakley Community Council president Colleen Reynolds. "Though, we hope you don’t simply pass through, but rather stop and spend some time here with us. Neighborhoods are the lifeblood of our great city, and today we celebrate the new gateway to the 45209."

Dubbed the "Eastern Gateway" in the neighborhood's larger plan to make its business district more accessible to people traveling on foot or by bicycle, the bridge spans Madison Road just southwest of MadTree Brewing.