Hamilton closes Sydenham escarpment access over erosion concerns

The City of Hamilton is closing the Sydenham Road escarpment access this week due to erosion and slope stability concerns.

In a release issued by the city on Monday, they explain that the closure this week will allow them to conduct urgent repairs after a routine maintenance review of the access raised concerns about public safety for commuters.

The closure will occur on Wednesday, February 16th and last for approximately two to three days, weather permitting.

The city also notes that, since the closure is occurring at the same time as a closure on Hwy 8, long detours should be expected for motorists through the remainder of the week. The road will reopen to traffic each night around 7 pm when work is not occurring.

“No formal detour will be set for this closure and it is recommended that motorists avoid the area if possible,” reads the release from the City of Hamilton.

“The City understands this closure is challenging due to both the geography of the Sydenham Road access and other construction in the area, however this work must be done immediately in order to avoid a slope failure along Sydenham Road.”

Updates will be posted on the city’s Twitter account.

Read the full release here.

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