Friday Work

Crews work on the boardwalk that will run from the Judith H. Robbins Riverfront Park to the Balfour Riverwalk.

ATTLEBORO — Workers ignored the rain on Monday and were busy installing boards on the city’s boardwalk along Ten Mile River.

It’s not a boardwalk, “down by the sea,” like the one made famous in the 1964 song by the Drifters.

And nobody will be able to lounge underneath it to escape the burning rays of the summer sun.

But, it’ll provide a nice riverside ramble and open up a part of downtown few people have had the opportunity to see since the industrial revolution hit in the 19th century when factories sprang up, hiding the river.

The construction schedule calls for the 840-foot long, eight-foot wide boardwalk to be complete in June.

Work has been underway since March on the $1.35 million project that’s funded by the state’s Gateway Cities program.

Another $95,000 was appropriated by the city as a contingency fund in the event unexpected expenses arise.

The boardwalk is the final link in a riverside path that runs from Olive Street to Riverbank Road at Larson Woods near Mechanics Pond.

A section running through Robbins Riverfront Park that lies between Olive and Wall streets was finished last year.

George W. Rhodes can be reached at 508-236-0432.

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