Riverfront Park Project

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Happening Now

Water Street Utility Project
Utility work (new water and sewer lines) continues on Water Street adjacent to the River Place project. Work will continue in the vicinity of the future Chestnut Street intersection for the next several weeks. The businesses at Water Street Center remain accessible from the South and the Hotel Ballast and Cotton Exchange remain accessible from the North. When this section is complete in May 2019, Water Street will re-open to two-way traffic.

US Coast Guard Bulkhead Project
The project to repair a large section of bulkhead owned by the US Coast Guard will begin in April immediately after the 2019 Azalea Festival and will initially involve a closure of Water Street between Market and Princess streets, as well as a closure of a portion of Riverfront Park. Later in summer 2019, work will move to the north and the intersection of Princess and Water streets will close. The intersection closure will not occur until the Water Street utilities project is complete. 

Overall Project Summary

The city, in conjunction with the US Coast Guard and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, is conducting a major, $6.3 million overhaul of Riverfront Park and Water Street. This project includes underground repairs to the bulkhead as well as new stormwater facilities, water and sewer lines. Above the ground, it will include repairs to the Riverwalk, renovation of Riverfront Park, expansion of the plaza in front of the Federal Courthouse and streetscape improvements. The work is taking place between the foot of Market Street and Walnut Street.


Below the ground

  • Replacement of aging water and sewer pipes in the 00 block of N Water St
  • Stormwater repairs in Princess St / Water St intersection
  • Bulkhead repair at Market St / Water St intersection
  • Future phases continue progress northward toward Walnut St

Above the ground

  • Streetscape renovation of the portion of Riverfront Park at the foot of Market St, includes ADA accessibility, Riverwalk improvements, street furnishings, lighting and landscaping


  • Streetscape and park improvements adhere to Council-adopted Riverfront Park Master Plan and Vision 2020 downtown plan
  • Bulkhead repairs necessary for shoreline stabilization as identified in the 2012 Riverfront Assessment
  • Additional repairs by the US Coast Guard to be made later
  • In addition to ultimately providing increased capacity, replacement of underground water and sewer lines increase capacity and allow for eventual removal of the sewer pump station in the Market Street plaza
  • Stormwater outfall replacement necessary at Princess St due to failed pipes under intersection and to increase capacity