New Bern wrapping up construction projects meant to connect city

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – In downtown New Bern, the construction on several projects designed to make the city feel more connected is wrapping up.

Crews were out Wednesday working on the new 10-foot sidewalk as part of the Riverwalk project.

“It’s connecting the Riverwalk from point A to point B,” said Matt Montanye, public works director. “It allows the residents and the tourists to get from the heart of the historic district to some of the downtown areas, like some of the finer restaurants downtown.”

The 600-foot Riverwalk expansion will connect Pollock Street to Council Bluffs, giving residents and tourists more pathways by the water to enjoy.

“My dad has a walker so it’s easy for him to get around because they’re nice and wide,” said Jason Rogers, who was visiting the city. “So passing people or saying ‘Hi;’ it makes it easy.”

A new walkway at Lawson Creek Park and new piers at Union Point are among projects other projects being constructed in the city.

Jenny Dark, who lives in New Bern, said these projects speak to the walkability of the city.

“So many places you can’t walk because it’s really meant for cars, but here they’re really inviting people to come and walk and enjoy the beautiful river,” Dark said.

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