Engineers first drew designs for the project in 2016. Shafar said the project required them to “thread the needle” with a couple of engineering challenges — adding a pedestrian bridge and retaining wall.
Much of the new path runs between South A Street and state Highway 14.
Several houses line the dead-end street, which is going to see increased foot and bicycle traffic. Neighbors had expressed some concerns in the past few years about the project.
“We’ll continue to work with A Street neighbors and continue to make it safe and noninvasive,” Mayor Molly Coston said.
State Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, connected the opening of the path with the ending of COVID-19 protocols, saying she is anticipating “a desire for community reconnection.”
“We are hoping to foster that reconnection, and that is so important,” Rivers said.