Construction bids are set to be opened later this month for a major project to make repairs to the "hard edge" at Ross's Landing Park.
City Engineer Bill Payne said crumbling sections of the base of the concrete steps by the Tennessee River would be removed during the project.
Steel piles will be driven and a new foundation will be poured for the steps.
The project will also fill in some of the worst cracks in the steps caused by the destabilization of the foundation.
It will start as soon as the Head of the Hooch regatta is over this fall and be finished by the first of May next year.
Cost of the design work for the project by HDR Engineering is increasing to a total of $845,415 to include project inspection.