East-end leg of rail trail closed to repair crack and inspect damage
An east-end portion of Hamilton’s rail trail has been shut down due to damage on the path.
City staff is investigating whether the rain is to blame after a section of the asphalt path collapsed.
On Tuesday, the city tweeted a photo of the cracking trail, which shows a gap about as deep as a coffee cup.
“The base has shifted and I think because the escarpment is dynamic … there’s a possibility that with all the rain there has perhaps been some movement,” Andrea McDonald, the city’s acting manager of parks and cemeteries, explained.
Currently, McDonald says the substantial crack poses a tripping hazard.
Staff will repair the pathway and conduct an inspection to ensure there is no deeper structural damage.
In the meantime, the rail trail will be closed between Wentworth Street South and the Kimberly Stairs (at the foot of Kenilworth Avenue South).
“We’ll have it open as soon as it’s safe to do so,” McDonald said.
The city has closed a portion of the rail trail to mend a crack.