Artist's rendition of one possible design for the Kennedy segment. Image courtesy City of Tampa.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -
Plans for the Riverwalk were hatched 25 years ago, and now, thanks to a big boost from the federal government, the city finally has the money to finish the project.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today that the city got an $11-million grant to help build that missing piece. The section of the Riverwalk that will run under the Kennedy Boulevard bridge is shovel-ready, and now construction can finally begin.
This final link in the project should be completed in the next 10 to 15 months.
When it's done, you'll be able to walk along one continuous waterfront sidewalk from the Straz Center to Channelside.
"We will now be able to give that river the focus it's needed," Buckhorn pledged. "We have been trying as a city since the 1960's to finish this. I think it will change Tampa in ways we can't even imagine."
Just last month, the segment that runs under the Brorein Street bridge was completed.
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