A reader reached out recently to SaultOnline and was concerned about the closure of the Elizabeth street stairs.
According to the reader, a lot of people use the stairs to access McNabb Street, exercise etc. and it’s a bit of a distance to walk around.
We reached out to the city in order to clarify what was being done and when access could be gained back to the stairs.
Tessa Vecchio, communications manager for the city responded via e-mail to our request.
“The closure of the stairs is necessary following an engineering inspection that identified structural and safety concerns. We recognize this may be an inconvenience for some however, the safety of residents is our top priority.
It is expected that a report to Council regarding this matter will be presented at its April 12, 2021 meeting. The project is anticipated to be tendered in the summer with repairs of the stairs planned in 2021,” said Vecchio. “At this time, the ground is frozen and water saturated making it dangerous to begin repairs…We will advise the community once the stairs are in working order.”
The stairs have been closed since the December 15, 2020.