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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Goderich To Price New Beach Front Boardwalk

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Town council to receive prices for timber, concrete boardwalks at upcoming meeting.

Goderich Council will hear how much it will cost to replace the current boardwalk along the town's three beaches on October 7th.

That's when the tender from Engineering firm B.M. Ross is to be opened, so that work to replace the existing boardwalk can start before winter closes in.

The firm's Bruce Potter briefed Council on the proposal Monday.

He recommends that the new boardwalk be three metres wide, and quoted prices on concrete and pressure-treated timber.

Timber would cost $160 per square metre, while the same space in concrete would cost $90.

Councillor James Donnelly favours timber except in high traffic areas, where concrete would be used.

A completely concrete walkway is the choice of Councillor Matt Hoy, who compares his vision with walkways along the Detroit River bank in Windsor.

Mayor John Grace wants to see a timber boardwalk, similar to the walkway it would replace.

He sees the project as contributing to the uniqueness of the Goderich lakefront that no other Lake Huron community can offer.

Grace says the extra cost of timber over concrete would be worth the money, both in keeping Goderich's beach identity and helping to attract more summer tourism.

The present Goderich boardwalk was constructed in the mid-1980s, and the new one would be expected to last for 15 to 20 years.

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