This pedestrian-bicycle bridge connects the north bank near Doyon, Limited to the south bank of the Chena River adjacent to the Alaska State Court House as part of the Chena River Pathway system. The bridge’s namesake, the late Dr. William Ransom Wood, came to Alaska with his family in 1960 to serve as the fourth president of the University of Alaska. Wood continued to serve the Fairbanks community as mayor, founder of Festival Fairbanks, Inc. and the Fairbanks Industrial Development Corporation, among many other civic duties. He envisioned the bridge as “a memorial to the brave indigenous people who came before and persisted through hardships, generation after generation. The Centennial Bridge is a tribute to the stamina and ability to cope with changing times.” The bridge was completed and dedicated on September 5, 2003 in honor of Dr. Wood and the centennial of the founding of Fairbanks.
Open to the public