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Tampa set to fill gap in downtown riverwalk



The City Council on Thursday approved an $8.8 million contract to build a long-desired but expensive-to-build part of the Riverwalk.

The work, to be paid for with a $10.9 million federal transportation grant, will create an over-the-water promenade going north from MacDill Park, under the Kennedy Boulevard bridge to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Construction is expected to start in early June and to be finished by Thanksgiving 2014. When the job is done, the city will have a continuous 1.8-mile waterfront trail from the Channel District, around the Tampa Convention Center and north to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.\

"This may be one of the most consequential things that this city has accomplished in a generation," Council member Harry Cohen said before the vote. "It's really a tremendous day for downtown."

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[Last modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:59pm]


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