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Mayors to Announce Start of Construction on Kennedy Boulevard Plaza Segment of Tampa Riverwalk
 
Tampa, FL May 29, 2013 - Mayor Bob Buckhorn will join Mayor Poe, Mayor Freedman, Mayor Martinez, Mayor Greco, and Mayor Iorio as well as Federal Highways Administrator Victor Mendez for a sign unveiling ceremony to signify the start of construction on the Kennedy Boulevard Plaza Segment of the Tampa Riverwalk. The event will be Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. along the Tampa Riverwalk in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

"This is the culmination of the work of six mayors and 40 years, and represents the next chapter in Tampa’s waterfront. The completion of the Riverwalk will allow us to showcase our riverfront and act as a catalyst for private sector development," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This final phase could not have happened without the support of the Obama Administration. We are grateful for their confidence in Tampa and for recognizing what an integral part the river plays in our city."

It will take 18 months to complete the project, which is scheduled to be open to the public in November 2014.

The Kennedy Boulevard Plaza Segment will span 1460 feet of water on the eastern side of the Hillsborough River, running underneath Kennedy Boulevard Bridge. There will be four shaded gathering areas that are 35 feet wide and between 35 and 75 feet in length. Once complete, the segment will link MacDill Park to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and provide pedestrians and cyclists 1.8 miles of continuous, completed Riverwalk.

Johnson Brothers, LLC, which also built the Brorein Underpass Segment, will construct the segment. The total project cost for the Kennedy segment is $9.2 million.

To view and download renderings of the Kennedy segment, please visit tampagov.net.

Background

In June 2012, the City of Tampa was awarded a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) IV grant which provides roughly 70% of the necessary funding for the City of Tampa to construct the Kennedy Boulevard Plaza segment as well as to design and build the Doyle Carlton segment, which will run from the Straz Center north to Water Works Park. The Doyle Carlton segment is currently in the design phase; construction is anticipated to begin Spring of 2014 and completed by Spring 2015.

In addition, the TIGER grant provides $1.4 million in funding for the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority to design and build the Selmon Greenway.

The Federal Highway Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation oversees the TIGER grant program.

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