IT was the day the community had been waiting for.
Last Friday, the barriers were removed and the new pedestrian bridge, soaring high above the Mandurah train station and Mandurah Road, was opened to pedestrians.
It was only minutes before people noticed the barriers had been removed and were soon gazing down at the traffic below.
The dual use bridge will be officially opened with a ceremony in early November.
The City of Mandurah has invited Federal Social Services Minister Christian Porter to do the honours but has yet to receive a response.
Residents, visitors and commuters now have safe access over Mandurah Road.
The new bridge links the station with affordable housing project Central Park, Peel Education Campus and Greenfields.
In coming weeks, the new road into the station from Mandurah Road will be opened and barriers along Mandurah Road removed.
City community and social development manager Tim Hartland said the bridge construction was the hardest project with which he had been involved, particularly obtaining funding, but the Federal Government had come to the rescue.
He said the structure could last 100 years.