Timeline set for Riverwalk project

An Indianapolis engineering firm is taking its first steps toward turning Columbus’ Riverwalk vision into reality by beginning an initial study of the land in question and developing a one-year timeline for the project’s progress.

CORE Planning, the firm hired by the Columbus Redevelopment Commission to act as the Riverwalk project manager, has created a timeline that calls for its staff to immediately begin a preliminary site investigation on the land between the Second and Third Street bridges, said Karen Valiquett, the CORE Riverwalk project manager.

That portion of the riverfront has been identified as an area that could be cleaned up and potentially used to expand Columbus’ trail system.

The timeline spans the spring of 2016 through the spring of 2017, when a conceptual design is scheduled to be created, Valiquett said.

The commission hired CORE for a maximum of $90,000 for 50 weeks of work to assess the land between the bridges holistically — including the existing dam and the former landfill along the south side of the river — to determine how it could be improved for public use.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.