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Decaying Riverwalk to get a facelift

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Updated: 4/23/2013 6:46 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- It's a blemish along the St. Johns River that's now become a dangerous problem.

"There's splinters and everything," said Lael Landis, who works on the South bank.

"My pants have gotten caught up on them," added her co-worker, Heather Ashe.

The sinking wooden sidewalk that was once the South bank's river walk is falling into the St. Johns River, a hazard for people like Tony Kimball who uses the area for exercise.

"We noticed its really getting harder and harder to walk on the river walk because the boards are starting to fall apart," he said.

It's been two months since the section of the river walk behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel has been shut down for safety, but neighbors want to know, what's the hold up to fix it?

"I mean they should fix it, it's been long enough," said Ashe.

Action News took those questions to the City.

"This is obviously more than a quick fix project this is a long term investment in the downtown river front," said David DeCamp, spokesperson for the City of Jacksonville.

He said the city has a $15 million solution to the hazard, replacing the entire southside Riverwalk's wood with concrete, just like the North bank's river walk. He also said the fix won't happen overnight.

"We haven't set a groundbreaking date yet but we're approved to start this summer," he said.

The design is still in the planning process, but DeCamp says we can expect to hear more from City Hall in several months.

"We have some ideas, we're fine-tuning them and we can't wait to unveil them in public."

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