One of the Meewasin Trail's most popular sections has been closed as crews continue to widen the trail.
The section of the trail has been closed off since the beginning of July as the contractor widens the sidewalk from 2 to 4 metres. Manager of Design and Development at Meewasin Alan Otterbein says their contractor wasn't able to schedule the work until this time. Otterbein says there was no consideration to postpone the work until the start of next spring because the federal funding they received, which covered half of the cost, was time-sensitive. There is a small dirt path for bicycles just to the left of the trail, and cyclists are still using that path, despite signs indicating the detour is across the street. Otterbein says people ignoring the detour signs is an issue they face every time construction is underway on a trail, and that can cause safety issues for both the cyclists and contractors. Otterbein says those walking the trail should cross the street and use that sidewalk to get to the weir. It's more narrow, which is why he suggests bicyclists use the road for that stretch of the trail. Otterbein says the paving should be done by mid-September, but the trail won't be open for residents until the end of next month.