Updates along the Detroit RiverWalk

Model D Media published a story highlighting updates along the Detroit Riverfront.

The most visible and exciting progress is the RiverWalk extension through Tri-Centennial State Park:

…construction of the first phase of expansion known as the Lowlands Unit will be complete in mid-June, according to Ken Davis, an engineer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The trenches that will comprise the wetlands area have been dug, the pump station to control water flow has been installed and construction on sidewalks and walkways has begun.

The Dequindre Trail, which will connect the State Park and RiverWalk to the Dequindre Cut is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

Construction of the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority terminal building next to the Renaissance Center is progressing too. Construction should be complete in early 2010. There are conceptual plans for water taxi service between the Detroit and Windsor, which may prove to be the most convenient way for cyclists to cross between both countries.

And, the short section of RiverWalk which was closed during the terminal’s construction is now opened. However, be forewarned that this section currently includes a stretch of loose gravel.

Also, Diamond Jack’s is moving their Hart Plaza dock to Rivard Plaza. This is great news as the current location and loading facilities create a major bottleneck for RiverWalk users.

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3 Responses to “Updates along the Detroit RiverWalk”

  1. rmack Says:

    I like this blog a lot. You should add some forums.

  2. Hannah Says:

    I’m excited to hear that Diamond Jack’s is moving to Rivard Plaza! Their current location is terrible for exactly the reason you described. I have a mental image of people buying concessions from the cafe and sitting at tables while they wait for their boat instead of standing around on the walkway making biking impossible!

  3. Todd Scott Says:

    I agree that the move really makes sense. I am curious how this move will affect the parking at Rivard. It may mean fewer open parking spaces.

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