Augusta, GA -
City leaders are finally taking steps to make Augusta's Riverwalk safer.
Following an assault at the park last year, city leaders determined there was a visibility problem and hundreds of trees needed pruning or removal.
The cost to do so has been a roadblock, but Augusta Recreation, Parks, and Facilities Department officials say they have a low bid for $74,000, which is less than half of the original estimate.
"It will address the lighting issues, low hanging limbs. It will thin out the canopy to let the light up above come down through below and it will also remove thirty hazard trees," says Augusta Recreation, Parks, and Facilities Department director Bob Levine.
Once the full Augusta Commission approves, Levine says the work should begin in about six to eight weeks.