West Sacramento has a brand-new bridge.
The Mike McGowan Bridge, which connects the north and south halves of South River Road, officially opened Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM.
The bridge is named for the first mayor of West Sacramento, Mike McGowan. McGowan has also been a member of City Council and a Yolo County Supervisor.
The city celebrated the opening of the new bridge Friday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and a motorcade of energy-efficient and old-fashioned cars.
“As someone who grew up in West Sacramento, I’m feeling proud and happy” says Matthew Hargrove, who plans on using the bridge to ride his bicycle to work.
The bridge can accommodate cars, pedestrians, and bicycles. It is designed to divert traffic from congested Jefferson Boulevard, and will also offer a safer route for cyclists and those traveling on foot.
But McGowan, who helped cut the ceremonial ribbon, believes it’s more than just a bridge.
“It represents the spirit of West Sacramento. People come here to do the right thing for the community, not necessarily for themselves.”