‘Water levels in Lake Ontario are forcasted to continue to rise. The City is monitoring the impacts of the spring thaw, rain and other factors that contribute to rising water levels and ewill respond as needed to maintain public safety and protect public assets.’ –City of St. Catharines
A News Release from the City of St. Catharines
Posted My 6th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
The east pier in Port Dalhousie is temporarily closed to the public due to high water levels in Lake Ontario.
Temporary fencing is being installed this May 6th to ensure the safety of visitors to Port Dalhousie along the east pier in the area of the Dalhousie Yacht Club. The temporary closure is in effect as of Tuesday, May 7 and will remain until water levels return to a safe level.
Water levels in Lake Ontario are forecasted to continue to rise. The City is monitoring the impacts of the spring thaw, rain and other factors that contribute to rising water levels and will respond as needed to maintain public safety and protect public assets.
Port Dalhousie Piers rehabilitation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Bronte Construction are in regular communications and are monitoring water levels for potential impacts to the rehabilitation of the Port Dalhousie Piers.
Top priority is the safety of the public, its employees, and contractors. The fencing that has already been installed at the construction site remains in place. That restricted access should ensure that high water at the site does not become a safety issue.
The fencing is scheduled to remain in place until the work on the west side of the Pier is completed. At this time, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Bronte Construction does not anticipate that water levels will affect the overall project timelines.
The Port Dalhousie piers are owned by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and leased by the City of St. Catharines. Portions of the piers were closed in the interest of public safety in April 2015.
This decision was made by Fisheries and Oceans Canada following an engineering report that recommended limiting access to the piers because of significant damage to their substructure.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada awarded the contract to repair the Port Dalhousie Piers to Bronte Construction, and work began in December, 2018. The project is expected to be completed by March 2021.
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