The Rock River Walkway along the east bank of the Rock River between East Main and East Jefferson streets has been closed until further notice.
The walkway, which was blockaded by snow fencing early Friday morning, was deemed unsafe by city officials as the seawall beneath it slightly gave way. The southern end of the walk was barricaded Tuesday morning about midway between Main and Milwaukee streets.
"City staff was made aware of a seawall failure that undermines the structural integrity of the River Walkway making the walkway unsafe for travel," a city press release stated. "A structural analysis will be performed on the seawall southeast of the Main Street Bridge and repairs will be made as soon as possible."
The walkway, which begins with the Riverwalk Plaza on Main Street and connects to the Rock River Trail behind the 7UP Bottling Company at 410 S. First St., is typically open until the winter and is used by many pedestrians in the downtown area. A large hole in the pavement between the plaza and the walkway could be seen near the temporary fence line.
City officials have asked that questions about the riverwalk be directed to the Watertown Engineering Department at 920-262-4060.