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

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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.

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