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100 steps remains closed as city's hands are tied on when repairs get done

Popular walkway has been closed since Aug. 1, but it's the government agency Metrolinx that decides when it gets repaired
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City workers install a sign Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at the 100 steps walkway between Elizabeth Street and Grove Street after the city closed it for safety reasons. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

It’s still not known when the so-called 100 steps pedestrian walkway will reopen.

The walkway, which connects Elizabeth Street with Grove Street/Metcalfe Street, has been closed since Aug. 1.

A notice on the city’s web site says that Metrolinx “will have a contractor on-site this week. A construction schedule is expected sometime in the next week.”

Metrolinx is the government agency that represents the rail companies that use the rail line the footbridge passes over. It owns the bridge portion in need of repair.

Efforts to garner further information from Metrolinx via email and phone were not immediately successful.

Andrew Janes, project engineer supervisor with the City of Guelph, said the city hasn’t yet been informed of any of the details surrounding what work is required or when it will be started or completed.

“It’s owned by the railway. The city can’t really do anything,” Janes said, adding that the city hasn’t been given any more information.

The 100 steps even has its own Twitter account.

On Aug. 30 the city announced that the repair work would start on or about Sept. 11 and be finished by the end of the month.

A routine inspection of the walkway found corrosion of the steel structure supporting the bridge. The City owns the steps connecting to the bridge, but Metrolinx owns the actual bridge.



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