East-end leg of rail trail closed to re­pair crack and in­spect dam­age

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

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.

CITY OF HAMILTON PHOTO

The city has closed a por­tion of the rail trail to mend a crack.

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