SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Renovations have started on the boardwalk in Old Sacramento. City leaders held a “board breaking” Tuesday morning to mark the occasion.

Crews will be tearing up the wooden boardwalks, and replacing them with concrete stamped to look like wood.

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“This is the beginning of the transformation of old Sacramento.  It is a wonderful, historic part of Sacramento, but it needs updating,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

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The goal is to make the riverfront more accessible to the public.

“First and foremost, we want to make sure we have a place in Old Sacramento where people have access to the river,” Steinberg said.

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Old Sacramento businesses will stay open during the renovations and construction should be finished by November.