(PLATTSBURGH- Monday June 26th 2023) - The City’s Riverwalk project kicked off at the beginning of May and is well underway with substantial completion of construction expected in late September 2023. The City’s general contractor for the project is Luck Brothers, Inc. and the construction cost is just over $1.6 million.
Construction crews have removed brush from the riverbank next to the Durkee Street parking lot and have excavated extensively to facilitate the pouring of footings and retaining walls to support the new path. A mold mimicking a natural stone wall has been used for the retaining walls so they match the aesthetic of the adjacent Veterans Memorial Bridge. Structures to support the path’s new safety railing and improvements to the area’s electrical infrastructure are currently being installed.
This past week, the contractors have been progressing on backfilling and grading around retaining walls along the Riverwalk. Over the next few weeks the contractor plans to install the remaining footings for the railing and electrical conduit to power the Riverwalk’s improved lighting features.
The $2.9 million Streetscape Improvements & Riverfront Access grant is funding construction of the Riverwalk. It is the second largest grant under the City’s DRI and also provided funding for construction of the Betty Little Arts Park in 2021. The Riverwalk will be open to both pedestrians and cyclists and includes a 10-foot wide multi-use path, two overlooks, improved lighting, and extensive landscaping. It will vastly improve views of the Saranac River and provide a further extension of the City’s trail network which will now stretch nearly unbroken from MacDonough Park to George Angell Drive.
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