Riverwalk loop to close a year early, under budget

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The city is expecting to complete enough of the Riverwalk to close the loop from the Wisconsin Street bridge to the Oregon Street bridge a year early and $1 million under budget.

“We were so excited to get the bids. They were $1 million under budget,” said City Manager Mark Rohloff. “It’s very exciting that we are getting this done.”

On Tuesday the Common Council will be asked to approve a $164,000 contract with Aecom for project management and engineering for the portion of the Riverwalk along the old Jeld-Wen factory site on the south side of the Fox River.

With the project management place approved, construction will proceed from Oregon Street to the “bridge to nowhere” at the old Boat Works property. This small span currently marks the end of a Riverwalk stub that passes through William A. Steiger Park.  

The new portion of the Riverwalk will allow cyclists and pedestrians to make a complete loop across the river from Wisconsin Street to Oregon Street.

“I would say we that we are probably 70 to 75 percent of the downtown Riverwalk completed,” Rohloff said. The only sections that are not yet finished are from the Dockside Tavern to Main Street and then from Main Street to Pioneer Island, he said.

If all goes as planned, the new section of the Riverwalk will open by next year at this time. The city had originally planned to spread the construction over two years for budgetary reasons.

The total cost is expected to be $2.1 million.

Photo: By fall 2018 pedestrians and cyclists will be able to loop across the river between Oregon and Wisconsin streets thanks to a new section of the Riverwalk.

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