FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Section of Riverwalk closed downtown due to rotten pilings


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Submitted: Wed, 09/05/2012 - 8:56pm
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UPDATED NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF WILMINGTON: A small portion of the Riverwalk at the foot of Market/Water streets is closed this week while emergency repairs are made to support beams underneath.

The work began last week and is expected to be completed next week. The $50,500 worth of repairs are part of the City Council’s newly adopted 5-year improvement plan that was approved as part of the 2012-13 city budget in July.

The plan calls for $41 million worth of repairs and improvements to be made to city streets, sidewalks and other facilities such as the Riverwalk. More than $4.8 million is included for needed repairs to the Riverwalk, including a $360,000 project in this area.

The remaining portion of this repair project will be done later this year.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Part of the Downtown Riverwalk at the foot of Market Street is closed tonight because the pilings below are rotting out, according to the city.

It has also closed the boat docks there indefinitely.

Crews and divers starting working today to replace the pilings.

6 Comments

  • Vog46 says:

    This according to Chuck is Wilmington’s #1 tourist attraction.
    And the pilings are rotting out from underneath it.
    How appropriate is that?
    Things along the river that actually work?
    PPD
    Some restaurants
    The Diligence
    CF Community College

    Some things that won’t work?
    The Convention Center
    The proposed taxpayer funded ball park

    Vog

  • SurfCityTom says:

    when I was 6 or so, my Grandparents took me to Atlantic City. On the steel pier, they had a horse which would leap from a diving board into a tank of water with a rider on its back. May still have it.

    May be just the thing to put in while repairs are being undertaken.

    A real tourist attraction when baseball is not an option.

    Creates jobs — ticket seller & taker; refreshment vendors; rider; horse attendant. And it allows all of that horse by-product to fertilze roses or soem other vegetation. Maybe have a few clowns walking around the city drumming up tourist interest.

    City Council needs to think outside of the box.

  • Vog46 says:

    Our main tourist attraction closed because it’s rotten to the core.
    You stick wood pilings into water and sooner or later they will weaken and give way……

    funny how that works.
    Well may be now they can walk around the convention center – make it look crowded

    Vog

  • Katherine says:

    Yet another example of rotting/failing infrastructure. But instead of maintaining it, let’s build a baseball stadium!

  • Bill Bencker says:

    I noticed the separation in Water Street over a year ago. I wrote the City and News Sources about the possible failure of the park during say a Sunset Celebration Concert. The undermining that can accure behind a bulk head like that could be catastrophic. What have I now noticed? Lateral movement toward the river on front street. So maybe the City needs to drop the 36 mil bond referendum for baseball, and assure our citizens and property are safe?

  • Guest1234guest says:

    That seems to have rotted fast. Is that normal? Maybe some concrete pilings?

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