Expect detour as North Shore Trail rehabilitation work begins

The Town is pleased to announce that rehabilitation work will begin on the North Shore Trail on the week of September 5th.  A road closure for this project phase will extend along North Shore Road from McVicar Street to Bushwood Lane in Port Elgin.

Saugeen Times file photo

The plan is to place large armourstone along the water’s edge (toe of slope) and then rebuild the slope up to the existing trail and rehabilitation of the area.  Crews will then reconstruct a 3-metre-wide trail beside the existing road.

The Town received a $600,000 grant to rebuild the area using leftover rock from other construction jobs, to minimize the need for brand-new quarry rock.    The Town will then apply recommendations put forward by Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) to plant native species to serve as a buffer against erosion.  The Town has also started the work later in the summer to avoid impacting any spawning fish in the area.

“We are excited this project is underway,” said Town of Saugeen Shores CAO Kara Van Myall. “Several years of high-water levels have taken their toll on an important Town asset.  We are creating a 50-to-100-year fix against the power of Mother Nature, so we wanted to do this right the first time.  Careful planning by our Engineering Department will result in a strong and secure trail for all our residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The work on this phase is expected to last until mid-to-late December.  The Town has already notified nearby residents of the road closure and detours.