CHRISTIANSBURG — The long-awaited Huckleberry Trail pedestrian span crossing Peppers Ferry Road in the town was officially dedicated the Renva W. Knowles Memorial Bridge during a brief ceremony Friday afternoon.
The bridge, which connects a large section of trail from Christiansburg to Blacksburg, opened in June.
About 100 people, including the Christiansburg High School cross-country team, gathered near the north end of the bridge for multiple speakers and a ribbon-cutting.
Christiansburg Mayor Mike Barber told those in attendance the bridge would not have been possible if not for Knowles, a longtime Christiansburg resident, who in 2007 left the town about $1.2 million in her will to improve sidewalks and trails.
“The bridge is a fitting tribute to Renva W. Knowles,” Barber said.