Iconic downtown bridge is now open to pedestrians and cyclists; ribbon cutting scheduled
The bridge is located between Deeds Point MetroPark and RiverScape MetroPark. It connects the northern portion of the Great Miami River Trail and the Stillwater River Trail to the southern portion of the Great Miami River Trail and the Mad River Trail.
“The Deeds Point Pedestrian Bridge is a key connection located at the nexus of our region’s more than 350 miles of connected trails — the nation’s largest paved trail network,” said Carrie Scarff, chief of planning and projects for Five Rivers MetroParks. “Connections such as the bridge are critical to maintaining that paved trail network, which make it fun and easy for Dayton-area residents and visitors to enjoy a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle.”
The previous structure, built in 2003, has been replaced with a bridge constructed from galvanized steel and solid beams in lieu of tubes. The Deeds Point Pedestrian Bridge was closed in 2019 after an inspection of the structure revealed it was rusting from inside due to the spray from the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights. The new bridge has an estimated lifespan of 75 years.
A ribbon cutting for the new Deeds Point Bridge will take place on Monday, June 28 at 9:15 a.m. with representatives from local and state organizations that have been involved with the project, including Five Rivers MetroParks, Montgomery County, the City of Dayton, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Miami Conservancy District, Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Additional representatives and officials from other organizations will also be invited to attend.