Published: Apr 06, 2012 1:56 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 06, 2012 4:27 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's full steam ahead for the new downtown Fort Myers river basin.  Thursday night, city leaders got an update on the progress and how things are moving along.

Construction continued Thursday as all of the pavement was ripped up, scrapped and made into an all dirt site.  Up next, crews will begin work on the walkway.

This project will bring the Caloosahatchee River through downtown right up to Bay Street.

It's expected to be a big selling point for hotels and restaurants.  City leaders say it will be a week and a half before Florida Power and Light moves the transformers.  By doing that, they'll be able to put electrical lines underground.

All of the trees and vegetation that were in the area of the construction site have been moved to city parks.

"Its moving right ahead.  The test pilings are they're putting down today will give them an idea of how deep they've got to go to support the structures that are going on it," said Don Paight, Fort Myers Redevelopment Agency.

The contract says this project has to be finished before the event season heats up this fall.  The river basin project is expected to be finished by September.