‘Imminent Risk’ has major road closed in Hamilton


Published March 1, 2023 at 7:48 pm

Hamilton has shut down some major arteries in the city tonight as it works to repair “urgent erosion” deemed an “Imminent Risk to Human Health”

The city has shut down the lanes on Hunter St. and Upper James St. to repair a section of the retaining wall on the escarpment along the Claremont Access.

Stantec Consulting is contracted to maintain the steel wall and as such conducted a routine inspection on Feb 27. The consultant then noticed a change in the wall which indicated a potential failure in the structure.

Two of the wall’s steel panels have bulged out toward the road, posing a risk to passing motorists. As a result of the risk, Stantec advised the city to shut down the nearby road until the wall is repaired.

A detour around the area is now in effect. “The City is doing everything to reopen the downbound lanes as quickly as possible to limit the inconvenience to motorists and HSR passengers, however, this work must be done immediately to proactively ensure the continued safety of the Claremont Access,” Hamilton said.

The detour will be fully marked by Mar. 2. However the city did not provide an estimated date of repair.


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