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Sunday, July 24, 2016
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Riverwalk exploratory work

Exploratory excavation will begin July 29 to help determine the extent of repairs that need to be made to a portion of the Riverwalk bulkhead in front of the Federal Courthouse on Water Street.

This section is owned by the US Coast Guard, and the Coast Guard will coordinate needed repairs with the city’s planned improvements to the adjacent Riverfront Park scheduled to take place next year. Testing will begin July 29 in Riverfront Park and is then expected to move north close to the USCG Diligence parking lot by mid August. 

While the Coast Guard’s exploratory excavation is underway, the city continues work at the foot of Market Street to replace or repair 58 steel support beams under the Riverwalk and is expected to be complete in late August. This project is part of the city’s 5-Year Infrastructure Improvement Plan.

Water Street, between Market and Princess streets, will be closed to southbound traffic (the lane closer to the river) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week of July 29 and a portion of the week of August 5. Northbound traffic will be able to pass through the work area. 

As a result:

  • Downtown Sundown concerts on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9 will be held in the old Wachovia parking lot, located at the corner of Princess and Water streets. 
  • The Saturday Riverfront Farmers' Market will remain on Water Street. 
  • The Sunday Downtown Wilmington Historic Marketplace will be relocated to Bailey's Theater Park on Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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