Repairs to the city’s #1 tourist attraction, the Cape Fear Riverwalk, are now substantially complete. Approximately 900 feet of riverwalk and bulkhead have been replaced behind the Hilton Hotel on Water Street in downtown. The bulkhead is necessary to stabilize the shoreline and support the riverwalk. Replacement of the original bulkhead was required to prevent erosion and damage to the riverwalk. Crews will be putting the finishing touches on this section of riverwalk in December and January. The $4.1 million project began last November.
The southernmost section of the riverwalk is also now open to the public. A new steel bulkhead was installed to provide greater stability along the 200-foot section of riverwalk in front of the Governor’s Landing townhomes beside the Chandler’s Wharf restaurants at the end of Water Street. The cost of the bulkhead replacement was approximately $312,000.
The next phase of riverwalk improvements will occur at the foot of Market Street. A new 160-foot steel bulkhead will stabilize the shoreline adjacent to the visitors’ center. This enhancement will coincide with the renovation and expansion of the existing visitors’ center and rest rooms. Construction is expected to begin early next year.
The mile-long riverwalk now runs from Nun Street north to the old Coastline Convention Center. When the proposed northern extension is completed, the riverwalk will be approximately 1.75 miles long and extend all the way to the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge.