Conway Riverwalk Expansion: Bridging the Gap between Downtown and Riverfront

Conway Riverwalk Expansion: Bridging the Gap between Downtown and Riverfront
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The City of Conway is thrilled to announce the long-anticipated expansion of the Conway Riverwalk, a project that will closely connect the Riverfront and Main Street, bridging the gap between the Downtown district and the Riverfront. This expansion marks a significant step forward in the city's ongoing efforts to enhance the riverfront area, as outlined in the 2017 and 2022 master plans.

2022 Master Plan Riverwalk Expansion

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Residents and business owners have long spoken of the Riverfront and Downtown district as distinct entities, each with its unique character and charm. The Conway Riverwalk Expansion will serve as an additional connection for pedestrians, providing a convenient and picturesque route to travel between the two vibrant areas, fostering greater accessibility within the city. This expansion connects the existing structure to the Highway 905 Bridge. This includes a walkway south of the railroad trestle and a walkway north of the railroad trestle that are connected with a section over the existing railroad trestle, with coordination and approval from RJ Corman. The walkway south of the trestle will include an irregular shaped fixed deck and a fixed walkway leading to a gangway providing access to a floating dock. The walkway north of the trestle includes a walkway, three irregular shaped fixed decks, and a floating dock. Gated access to the Riverwalk to be included adjacent to Kingston Presbyterian Church.

Key Details of the Conway Riverwalk Expansion Project:

-Seamless Connection: The expansion will closely link the Riverfront and Main Street, creating a more distinct connection for pedestrians to traverse from the Downtown district to the scenic Riverwalk. This will promote increased foot traffic, further stimulating economic activity and community engagement.

-Cost and Funding: The project is estimated to cost approximately $2,287,277. A portion of the funding for the expansion will come from the city’s hospitality fund. A grant of $750,000 was secured by Senator Luke Rankin from the State Parks Recreation and Tourism fund.

-Extension to 4th Avenue: The expansion will extend the existing Riverwalk, eventually reaching 4th Avenue, adding to the overall length and attractiveness of this beloved waterfront destination. Visitors can look forward to enjoying even more breathtaking views and leisurely strolls along the scenic Waccamaw River.

Mary Catherine Hyman, Deputy City Administrator expressed her enthusiasm for the project, stating, "The Conway Riverwalk Expansion represents a significant milestone for our city's continued commitment to revitalizing and preserving our historic riverfront. This project will bring our community even closer together while providing additional opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy all that Conway has to offer."

Construction for the Conway Riverwalk Expansion is scheduled to begin in November 2023, and the city anticipates an unveiling in Fall of 2024. The project has been carefully designed to complement the city's charming aesthetic while providing a safe and convenient route for all to enjoy.

A Ground Breaking Ceremony will be held Friday, November 3, 2023, 10:00am, at the vacant lot by Bonfire Restaurant.

Media Contact:
June Wood, Public Information Officer
City of Conway, SC Government
(843) 251-5202