Tartu Pedestrian Bridge, located on West Market Street in Downtown Salisbury, had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new walking bridge on Oct. 1, 2021.
Tartu, Estonia has been the sister city of Salisbury since 1999, sharing culture through music and the dedication of the walking bridge.
Sister cities association of Salisbury/Wicomico county is a local program that works with the local government to create “international exchange by fostering lasting friendships through cultural understanding, economic development and education,” according to their mission statement.
Salisbury mayor Jake Day dedicated the bridge to Tartu, with the Ambassador from Estonia, Kristjan Prikk. Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Maryland Secretary of State John Wobensmith attended the opening to speak about the importance of our relationship with Tartu.
“Out of the sister city and sister state partnerships came university partnerships, that Salisbury University has maintained with the University of Tartu for nearly a decade,” Wobensmith said.
Salisbury University has sent 14 students to Estonia in the last decade, and welcomed eight international students from Estonia to SU. The dedication of the walking bridge to Tartu, Estonia is to show our respect to the government and people who live in Tartu.
In Tartu, it is a local tradition to walk on top of the arch on the Arch Bridge located near the University. This tradition symbolizes good luck for the coming years for incoming freshman students.
Students will now be able to safely access downtown Salisbury through the walking bridge. For more information about the sister cities association of Salisbury/Wicomico county, visit http://salisburysistercities.org/fact-sheet.htm.
By KELSEY NORTON
Photos courtesy of Salisbury Daily Times