The city has closed a portion of Water Street from Market Street to Dock Street to repair a bulkhead.
Approximately 160 feet of bulkhead is being repaired to prevent further erosion of the river bank along that portion of Water Street. The bulkhead, which is like a retaining wall, is located underneath the street and runs parallel to the sidewalk. Although the road will be closed, the sidewalk and Riverwalk will both remain open during the project. Small sink holes have occurred in the area in the past, and city engineers say it’s important to repair the bulkhead before the situation becomes critical. The project is expected to be completed by the end of March.
A six-foot chain link fence has been erected around the construction project, but pedestrian access to area businesses remains open, as well as the Market Street and Dock Street intersections.
The Visitor’s Center, located at the foot of Market Street, will also be closed during the project. The floating docks at the foot of Market Street will remain open to boaters during the day, but will be closed at night while the construction project is underway.
Some streetscape improvements will be made during the project, including installation of historic brick pavers. The project will cost approximately $1 million.
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