Both Lakeside Piers to be Closed.

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Two days ago Transport Canada posted "Danger Do Not Enter" signs at the entrance of the Burlington and Hamilton lakeside piers. They have safety and liability concerns and will be blocking off public access. Transport Canada plans to have barriers erected by March 2021. Attached is a map showing the locations, as well as an example of the type of barrier.
 

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Posted with permission from the Hamilton Spectator
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Federal government plans to block public access to popular Burlington canal piers

By Matthew Van DongenSpectator Reporter
Fri., Dec. 4, 2020

The federal government plans to block public access to the Burlington shipping canal piers over safety fears on the popular but wave-battered concrete walkways into Lake Ontario.
But politicians in cities on both sides of the canal are now lobbying to keep the piers open — and failing that, the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority might take them over.
The twin 321-metre long piers that usher ships into Hamilton Harbour have long been a magnet for walkers, cyclists and fishing fans who treat the canal as an extension of the public waterfront trail.

That access could end as early as March, however, when Transport Canada intends to fence off the piers to “mitigate the possibility of personal injury” from icy conditions or storm-fueled waves, spokesperson Sau Sau Liu said.
It’s not clear if a particular injury or incident sparked the sudden shutdown plan, but residents have complained in recent years about waves overtopping the piers during record high lake levels.

Transport Canada did not respond to questions about the structural integrity of the piers, but the federal government is already spending $26 million to rehabilitate old concrete piers in Port Dalhousie that were at risk of collapse.


For now, the federal government has added “Danger, Do Not Enter” signs where the public waterfront trail meets the Burlington shipping canal, which also marks the municipal boundary with Hamilton.
Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said she is seeking a meeting with Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneau “to try to find a different solution” for the piers, which form the eastern end of the city’s planned $50-million waterfront park master plan along the lake.

She suggested temporary storm blockades or even a winter closure of the piers, rather than a wholesale shutdown. “We would be bombarded with complaints if (a shutdown) happened,” she said. “Those piers are well-used and well-loved by people on both sides of the canal.”

Hamilton Ward 5 Coun. Chad Collins said he is also hoping for a reprieve.

The beach strip councillor said he would be willing to consider putting ward infrastructure cash toward “minor maintenance or amenities” — think trash cans, benches or safety rails — if that would help deal with federal concerns.

Right now, he noted residents routinely ask the city to fix cracks in the concrete or sweep the Hamilton-side pier of grit and trash — something the municipality cannot do on a federally owned structure.

“Those piers have been a very active people place for decades, probably even longer,” Collins said. “It’s hard for me to understand what the sudden urgency is to close them after all this time.”
Neither city wants to buy or take over full responsibility for the aging canal piers — an idea floated by the previous federal Conservative government in 2015.


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https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilt...access-to-popular-burlington-canal-piers.html
 
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