Riverfront Park Project

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Happening Now

Water Street Utility Project
Utility work (new water and sewer lines) IS COMPLETE on Water Street adjacent to the River Place project. Water St. between Chestnut and Grace Street has re-opened for vehicles now that installation of utilities beneath this section of street is complete. This phase of the Water St Improvement Project is part of a larger project to upgrade water, sewer and streetscape in Water Street from Market Street  to Red Cross Street. The project is being completed in phases in order to coordinate with other projects. This particular section is paved but final streetscape work will occur next year in conjunction of the opening of River Place. The next phase of work will take place between Grace Street and Red Cross Street later this year. 

US Coast Guard Bulkhead Project
The project to repair a large section of bulkhead owned by the US Coast Guard is underway and slated to wrap up in the Summer of 2020. Much of Riverfront Park is closed. Water Street will remain open. 

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