It was way back in 1997 when the City of Eureka first tinkered around with the completely sensible idea of closing the Waterfront Drive hole between H and I streets. But on Wednesday, a dozen city council configurations later, assembled local dignitaries finally took up ceremonial golden shovels to break ground on the small strip of bay-adjacent nothing which, in about a month’s time, will be beautiful, drivable, bikable pavement.
Bye bye, gap.
“‘It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop,’” said Mayor Susan Seaman to kick off the brief afternoon event. “So says Confucius and so has proven our Public Works Department with this project, here.”
The City was able to secure funding for the the Waterfront Drive connection project last year. Upon completion, it will allow for seamless bay-front car, bike and foot traffic between the Adorni Center and the F Street Plaza and will be one more completed piece of the larger Eureka Waterfront Trail.