North Carolina Department of Transportation funds Kinston Riverwalk extension

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina riverwalk will more than double in length thanks to money from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The Kinston Riverwalk now ends at the old city power plant which houses Social House Vodka on Atlantic Avenue.

The first mile of the riverwalk was completed in 2016. Now the plan is to extend it along the Neuse River another mile and a half to the Kinston Community Center.

The DOT has kicked in $2.68 million for the project, while Lenoir County and the City of Kinston each are contributing $334,950. The total cost is $3.35 million.

“The Riverwalk promotes connectivity between community assets,” said Adam Short, Lenoir County assistant county manager.

Construction is expected to take up to five years, says the DOT.