Tampa looks at spending $8.8 million on a key leg of the Riverwalk
The Tampa City Council on Thursday is scheduled to vote on an $8.8 million project to fill in a big gap in the Riverwalk.
The work, to be paid for with a $10.9 million federal transportation grant, would create a 1,460-foot-long over-the-water promenade going north from MacDill Park, under the Kennedy Boulevard bridge to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
If the council approves, construction would be expected to give the city an unbroken 1.8-mile trail from the Channel District north to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
Still, it will be a challenge because the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel and other properties along that section are built out to the seawall. That means the Riverwalk must be built over the Hillsborough River on concrete pilings. Its concrete deck will include benches and structures to provide shade.
Johnson Bros. Corp. of Lithia submitted the lowest of six bids for the contract. The highest bid topped $10.1 million.
The council meeting starts at 9 a.m., but the Riverwalk discussion is scheduled not to take place until 10 a.m. or later.