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Mayor Alvin Brown announces $15M plan for almost 30-year-old Riverwalk

10:06 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Plans for the new Southbank Riverwalk include more brick, lighting and seating.

Mayor Alvin Brown said the improvements are desperately needed. People who jog or spend time on the Riverwalk every day agree.

"It's at a point where the wood is seriously deteriorating in a lot of areas," said Thomas Mann.

The first part of the project is set to start in just a few days.  Developers hope to have the Riverwalk completed by the start of next football season.

According to a City of Jacksonville press release, the scope of work includes demolition of the existing wood boardwalk structure, as well as the former Jacksonville Maritime Museum and Jacksonville History Center buildings.  

Marine demolition and reconstruction will commence after the 2013 Florida-Georgia football game festivities and be continuously coordinated around Jaguar football games, according to a news release.

Additionally, Haskell will coordinate with the city as well as all individual property owners along the Southbank for construction activities.  

The new Riverwalk construction will consist of the following:

  • Approximately 3,000 linear feet of new pre-cast concrete piles and decking
  • Approximately 53,000 square feet of colored brick pavers on top of a pre-cast concrete deck. Both are durable and easy to maintain
  • 5,600 linear feet of new steel guardrails along the entire stretch of new boardwalk
  • New light poles with energy-efficient LED lighting
  • New in-ground lighting, 18 new shade structures, new steel benches, trash receptacles, pet stations, flagpoles, bike racks and new drinking fountains
  • Reconstruction of the Navy Memorial feature
  • New floating docks
  • The new Riverwalk will be ADA compliant

"The new Southbank Riverwalk will bring an inspired vibrancy to our community as a family destination so that all may enjoy our greatest natural asset, the St. Johns River," said Chris Flagg, President of Flagg Design.

Mayor Brown the new Riverwalk is a big step for people in Jacksonville now, and the ones who will be here years down the road.

"What a better way not only to build this and repair this Riverwalk for us, but for the next generation -- for my kids and their grandkids, everyone enjoying this great great asset," he said.

Here is the proposed timeline of construction, according to the release:

•         Phase 1 Demo Start Date: 9/5/13
•         Phase 2 Demo Start Date: 11/4/13
•         New Riverwalk Construction Start Date: 12/2/13
•         New Riverwalk Construction Completion Date: 9/14/14

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