FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - It's been four years since anyone's walked the bridge on Edsall Avenue, but now that it's open open Ruby Bates and others worries about traffic here are a thing of the past.
"I have been pushing this project from day one for the safety of our children that go to Adams Elementary School, and for the safety of all of our community for folks who need emergency response," Ruby Bates president of the Eastside Neighborhood Association said.
Ruby said with the bridge closure a typical ten minute drive would easily turn into a thirty minute one.
For students who attend Adams Elementary School, completion of the bridge means safe crossing from the Memorial Park Neighborhood located on the northside of the bridge.
"With the children, the struggle for them is to take an additional thirty minutes to go down Pennsylvania Street down to Lumbar, and then if there is a train on the track, they're going to be late for school," Bates explained.
Olivia Robinson,90, is the president of Memorial Park Neighborhood Association.
He said for as long as he's been president, he's got calls about the bridge mainly about safety.
"I couldn't do no more than what anybody could tell me from the city. They're the ones that had to put it up," he explained.
Now the bridge has lighting, new sidewalks, and hand railing to make it safer.
"I've been the president since 1987. This is the greatest thing that’s happened since I've been the president," he added.
The city said before the closure, about 2,000 people used the bridge.