The City of Hamilton announced that one down-bound lane on the Claremont escarpment access is scheduled to re-open this Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at approximately 6:00 PM. The opening comes as all down-bound lanes on the access were closed in late November in the interest of public safety. Crews spent the winter months involved in repairs and removed portions of damaged bin walls and worked to make the access safer.
One additional down-bound lane is expected to re-open in late-March after the installation of a precautionary rock fence.
“I have seen tremendous patience and understanding from our community,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger in a statement. “I want to thank motorists for their cooperation as we work to ensure continued public safety along our escarpment accesses.”
The reopening of the access will help alleviate some of the stress and overflow from the adjacent mountain accesses which saw an increase in traffic volume during the closure.
The recent closure was an immediate-term fix. Future full or partial closures of the access are likely as the City develops medium and longer-term solutions to remedy the issues along the access. The City is continuing to work with escarpment slope experts and is investigating a full range of options.
Some longer-term solutions may have significant cost implications and are still being evaluated.