The City of Hamilton says the planned reopening of the downbound lanes of the Claremont Access will be delayed until at least the end of next week.

The City says “inclement weather” and “additional work required to safely open the downbound lanes” mean the contractor needs more time to complete installing a rock fence.

Following numerous significant failures during the past decade, the City removed most of a retaining wall alongside the mountain access roadway. The rock face behind the retaining wall was scaled to prevent future massive rock slides onto the roadway.

The retaining wall has failed numerous times in the past decade. The latest closure began in March when the City discovered new erosion and stability issues.

The City is continuing to study longer-term solutions to deal with escarpment erosion.

The project is expected to cost between $4.5 to 5-million.

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