Work is under way on the city’s Harbor Walk Project, as crews begin removing arbor vitae at Steamboat Landing.

The proposed $1.5 million project stretches from Steamboat Landing to the Armistice Footbridge and will be accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists. From Steamboat Landing, the walkway travels along Front Street before passing though Heritage Park, then the path begins following the route of the old railroad tracks before crossing Front Street Shipyard’s property and connecting to the footbridge.

City Planner Wayne Marshall said crews arrived last week to mark out the walkway in preparation for construction to begin. When they returned Monday, April 15, crews began removing the arbor vitae in Steamboat Landing, as well as trees located along Front Street, Marshall said.

The Maskers Theater building property is being used as the staging area for the construction of the walkway.

He said work on the walkway is focusing on three areas — Steamboat Landing, the portion of the path that stretches from Thompson's Wharf to the Weathervane Restaurant and the area next to Front Street Shipyard's building no. 3 — over the course of the next five weeks.

Marshall said the city asked that crews begin work on the section of the Harbor Walk that stretches from the Weathervane to Thompson's Wharf as early as possible, because the path is concrete in that section, as opposed to asphalt.

He said the city intends to have the portion of the path from Steamboat Landing to Thompson's Wharf open by mid-June.

Once the walkway is completed, crews can begin working on installing lighting and other amenities. In terms of landscaping, Marshall said the contractor has discussed possibly doing some plantings this spring in Steamboat Landing.

If the plantings can't be done this spring, they would be completed in the fall, Marshall said.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.