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Parade of cyclists, walkers open Missouri River bridge

A group of bicyclists await the actual ribbon-cutting so they can proceed with their ride up the ramp and across the river Friday. A ceremony was held for the opening of the U.S. 54/63 Missouri River bicycle/pedestrian bridge.

A group of bicyclists await the actual ribbon-cutting so they can proceed with their ride up the ramp and across the river Friday. A ceremony was held for the opening of the U.S. 54/63 Missouri River bicycle/pedestrian bridge. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Winding around the 1,100 feet of concrete ramps, LeRoy Heman led more than 100 cyclists and walkers from the Noren access up to the Missouri River bicycle/pedestrian bridge Friday.

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With his daughter Jennifer riding in a trailer behind his bicycle, they had the honor of being the first official travelers on the pedestrian/bicycle attachment to the U.S. 54 eastbound/U.S. 63 northbound Missouri River bridge after the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning.

“It’s quite an honor,” Heman said. “It’s the high point of our day, our year maybe.”

Behind the Hemans was Pat Jones, a long-time supporter of the Katy Trail State Park project, who was pulled in a bicycle buggy. The pedestrian/bicycle bridge officially will be named in honor of Jones on April 20.

The 1,400-foot-long attached bridge now connects the Katy Trail to the Capital City.

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