A new footbridge over the A189 Spine Road near Cramlington is now open.
It replaces the previous footbridge rendered unsafe after a lorry crashed into it in March last year.
The new £480,000 bridge linking High Pit and East Cramlington is wider than its 1970-built predecessor and includes a cycle track and ramps.
Northumberland County Council chairman Marcia Bircham officially opened the bridge last week, accompanied by children from nearby Cragside First School.
Construction of the bridge took place off site to keep disruption to a minimum, and it was then lifted into place in January.
Coun Alan Armstrong, the county council’s executive member for highways and transport, said: “I am delighted that the bridge is now operational.
“The improved bridge will be a good encouragement for more local people to walk and cycle.
“It connects to the Northumberland coast and cycle route, and I am sure will prove very popular with our cyclists, families and disabled residents.”
Sustrans area manager James Adamson said: “The cycle link provided by the new bridge has been long awaited and will enhance our popular network of routes.”