Saint John Harbour Passage damaged during bridge renovations

Saint John's Harbour Passage was damaged during renovations to the Saint John Harbour Bridge overhead.

Department of Transportation says construction bond posted by insurer will pay for repairs

Saint John's Harbour Passage was damaged during renovations to the Saint John Harbour Bridge overhead.

The popular walking trail is marred by cracks, broken fencing, bent light fixtures and wrecked landscaping.

Saint John Harbour Passage sustained significant damage during renovations to the Saint John Harbour Bridge overhead. (CBC)
New Brunswick's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure says it's currently is in talks with the city about the scope of work required to repair the damage.

It could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars — perhaps as much as a million, according to sources at city hall.

The department says a construction bond posted by an insurer will be used to pay for the repairs.

Work is expected to begin later this spring, the department said.

For some walkway users, the repairs can't come soon enough.

"It certainly is not in the condition that it was prior to the bridge overhaul or renovation," said Archie Dickinson.

Suzanne Goyetche said she used to be a tour guide for the city and bring tourists to the popular walking trail. "Now if I were doing that, I would still bring them, but I'd be really focusing on what's out there and what's around because they do comment, they do notice," she said. "And we are known as the cleanest city when [tourists] come."

A large section of the popular walkway was closed during much of the bridge work, which started in 2010 and wrapped up last November. (CBC)
No one at the municipality could be reached for an official comment on Friday and the contractor, Horseshoe Hill, referred inquiries to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

A large section of Harbour Passage, which runs directly under the bridge or its ramps, has been closed during much of the bridge renovations, which started back in 2010.

The bridge work, which wrapped up in November 2013, took much longer than expected because the lead contractor went bankrupt in the middle of the project.

The insurance company that posted the construction bond stepped in to fund the completion of the $40-million project.