DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) — Officials on Wednesday broke ground on a nearly mile-long extension of the Detroit Riverfront.

According to Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the Southwest Greenway spans from Bagley Street to Jefferson Avenue.

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Officials say the $8 million project will connect the Detroit Riverfront with the Michigan Central mobility innovation district and to neighborhoods throughout Southwest Detroit and Corktown.

Rendering of the Southwest Greenway (credit: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy)

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Contractors will be working on the installation of the underground utilities, also installing a retention pond near the Jefferson Avenue entrance.

Officials say crews will begin laying the concrete pathway and install light posts and benches.

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The Southwest Greenway is expected to be completed in the fall.

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