Finishing Touch

Phase 2 of Carrollton’s River Walk
is set to be completed by Dec. 8

Bids that came in over budget have delayed the project

CARROLLTON, Ky. (December 2017) – Phase 2 of the long-awaited Kentucky River Walk along Carrollton, Ky.’s Ohio riverfront is nearing completion. The dirt work has been completed. The conduit has been installed, and the lighting is being completed. The asphalt walkway only requires a finish coat to be complete.
Provided there are no unforeseen weather delays, it should be completed by Dec. 8, according to Carrollton Mayor Robb Adams.  The original completion date had been Nov. 13. This delay was caused when bids went over budget, requiring contracts to be renegotiated.
The contractor for the second phase of the Kentucky River Walk is American Engineers of Glasgow, Ky. The construction will total $101,374, creating 800 feet of multi-use trail along the Ohio River.
The goal of the Kentucky River side of the walk is to accommodate foot traffic, golf carts and bicycles. The Ohio River side is only for foot traffic. The River Walk will provide physical fitness opportunities for residents and visitors, officials say. It is a family friendly walkway.
“It is a simple but exciting and beautiful project,” Adams said. “The backdrop of the Ohio River is breathtaking.”
The Ohio River side of the walk is more decorative, while the Kentucky River side is simpler, providing a lit walkway. Phase 2 of the River Walk starts at Point Part at the confluence of the Ohio and Kentucky rivers where boating, picnicking and many local events take place. Paved trails connect it to the Two Rivers Campground, making it more convenient for out of town visitors to walk to the park and enjoy downtown Carrollton.
This project is funded through grants. The city received $52,000 in a matching grant from the Recreational Trails to put toward the project costs. It also received a $41,275 Land and Water matching grant. The earthwork grading caused the project to go over the original estimate. It is a project that is in the master plan.
The first phase began about four years ago. The Kentucky River Walk is an anchor point to the Point Park Riverfront development, according to Adams, providing recreational opportunities to lure walkers, bikers and parents with strollers to enjoy the natural beauty of the rivers. The completion of the Kentucky River Walk will link the past to the future. 
The Kentucky River walk on the Kentucky River side will allow pedestrians to cross Bow Bridge that straddles the ravine. The Bow Bridge was originally located on old KY 42, east of Carrollton. This historic bridge carried horse and buggies, helping travelers cross McCool’s Creek (part of Dow Corning’s property).
The bridge had fallen into disrepair. Dow wanted it to be preserved and benefit the public, so the company donated it to the city of Carrollton in 2013. Several local businesses joined together to move it to its new location. It was moved near the city’s River Walk across a ravine between the Two Rivers Campground and Point Park.
City officials plan to have a ceremony in the spring for the restored bridge.
“We are really glad to have it completed,” Adams said.

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