SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Construction at the waterfront boardwalk by Station Mall has taken out the bike lane in the area.
A source told Sault Online, the reason for the bike path being removed is to put cyclists on the new path constructed along Bay street.
Tessa Vecchio, the Sault Ste. Marie communications officer, wouldn’t answer directly why the bike paths were being ripped up. Her answer:
Are you referring to the boardwalk on St. Mary’s River Drive?
In recent years, higher than average water levels have contributed to erosion and scour of the shoreline under the waterfront walkway resulting in sinkholes along the St. Mary’s River Drive Boardwalk. The City has been monitoring and performing temporary repairs but reinstatement of the shoreline protection is now required to ensure long-term stability of the Boardwalk.
She didn’t answer why the bike path was being ripped up in order to do this or if it would be replaced when the work was done.
According to the 2020 capital budget, repairs to the boardwalk have a budget of $1,500,000.