The new walkway along Goderich's three beaches will be another boardwalk.
Council made the decision at a special meeting this week.
Mayor John Grace says the final decision was based on the tradition generated by the original boardwalk, which was installed in 1982.
Some Councillors including Matt Hoy favoured a completely or partly paved walkway along Main, St. Christopher's and Rotary Cove Beaches.
The new walkway will be twice as wide as the current one, and the Mayor adds that there will be small hard-surface sections in high-traffic areas.
A paved section may also be put down in areas of the Main Beach, where sand could interfere with a wooden walkway.
Grace adds that the new boardwalk will cost around $800 thousand dollars, or slightly less.
In an earlier debate, the Mayor confirmed the funding will come from municipal reserves, and that ratepayers won't be on the hook for the project.
He tells Country 104.9 News that work will start as soon as possible, and go on until the winter weather closes in.
The second phase of construction will pick up early in the spring till June 15th, then resume after the summer tourist season.
Debate was scheduled for next Monday's Council meeting, but was moved up due to the urgency of starting work on the project this fall.